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0.05? 0.02? 0.00?

October 14, 2009

There’s been a lot of talk about lowering the drink driving limit lately. Well, I say a lot. I mean there was an article in the newspaper. How all good revolutions start.

Anyway, it got me thinking. Personally I don’t see what’s wrong with 0.05, which is the current legal BAC (blood alcohol concentration…I’m guessing) limit. It’s been this way for years and I think it’s perfectly approriate considering it allows people to have a drink or two when going out to dinner as well as protecting others from drunk drivers going berserk on the roads. It’s about the same as many other countries with similar laws and legal systems and is even lower than the United States.

I don’t really have that much of a problem with 0.02. I don’t think it’s really neccessary. I mean we get all these bullshit statistics that tell us the roads will be safer but you can’t trust stats. The Herald Sun tried to convince me with the results of different BAC levels of a driving seminar. Since it one set of results actually showed increasing mistakes from 0.05 to 0.02 the test was clearly unreliable and not to be trusted. They tell us all these accidents happen between 0.05 and 0.02 but plenty happen at 0.00 too! Let’s face it, driving is not always going to be under optimum conditions. I mean it would be great if everyone was sober, not stressed, had had the perfect 8 hours of sleep the night before, it was sunny and not raining…but it’s just not going to happen. Driving conditions aren’t always going to be perfect. But if it’s going to keep the victims of drink driving accidents happy well…okay then.

As for 0.00 I can’t agree with that. It just seems over the top, especially with the harsh penalties or drink driving. It means you can potentially be booked for eating pasta with wine sauce or brandy custard. It doesn’t seem logical or fair.

Then again, all the government really wants is revenue. That’s obvious from speed camera placement. So really, logic won’t affect their decisions.

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