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The International Drinking and Driving Debate

The debate for November 2002:

Should drinking and driving be absolutely prohibited?

Is it dangerous to have any alcohol in your system when you drive? 

What do you think?

City:
Mississauga, ON
Date:
08 Nov 2002
Time:
16:08:41

Comments

In Canada we generally don't have great public transportation, the way they do in Europe. If people want to attend a wedding, drink at a restaurant, drink at a friend's house, or have fun at a bar they probably have to drive home. Parents of young teenagers often need to drive their kids somewhere on a Friday or Saturday night, and if they have one or two drinks before dinner, they have little choice but to drink and drive. The real issue is moderation - carefully measuring and counting your drinks and noting the alcohol content and times of consumption. Totally outlawing drinking and driving is senseless.

City:
Toronto
Date:
11 November, 2002
Time:
09:22:32

Comments

Are the breath machines that police officers use at the roadside all that reliable?

City:
Winnipeg
Date:
13 Nov 2002
Time:
13:47:39

Comments

I think it is dangerous to drink and drive.

City:
Beaver Dam
Date:
19 Nov 2002
Time:
15:41:33

Comments

I know it may seem like there is little chance of prohibiting drinking and driving because even in the slight chance it may occur there are always going to be people who do not follow that law. Even though I believe that, I wish that it were possible and it would be effective everywhere. Drinking and driving ends up with regret, pain, and death. This should not happen at all and I think everyone, everywhere should do what they can to keep this from continuing.

City:
Hope,BC
Date:
24 Jan 2003
Time:
12:40:16

Comments

The people that drink and drive are just stupid I have no sympathy for them if they get hurt or killed because they know the laws and consequences. Drunk drivers are selfish and don't care about anyone else getting hurt or killed just as long as they get home o.k.

City:
Nashua
Date:
19 Feb 2003
Time:
11:48:13

Comments

People should not be allowed behind the wheel if they have been drinking.

City:
Vacaville, California
Date:
17 Mar 2003
Time:
23:56:33

Comments

I think it's a witch hunt and has been for over 25 years. There should be no per se BAC maximum standard. Use the old "driving under the influence" standard and let everyone prove in court non-impairment as a defence.

 

City:
surrey, BC
Date:
09 Apr 2003
Time:
15:52:41

Comments

I think it is very dangerous to have any alcohol in your system when you drive. You might think that just because you had a couple of drinks means you are not really drunk but you never know. something could happen. And you should have known. Your actions have consequences!

City:
Garland, Texas
Date:
13 Apr 2003
Time:
13:18:14

Comments

No. Drinking and driving should not be absolutely prohibited. It should not even have any special regulation. I suppose the argument is that it impairs judgment, well so do cell phones, cigarettes, loud music, tugging seatbelts, sugar, caffeine, confusing traffic signs, signals, drivers and just plain ignorance. How many people were killed last year because of those things, more than were because of alcohol. How many of those items were involved, as a significant contributing factor, in accidents also involving alcohol ? Maybe we should be debating prohibiting radios, seatbelts, coffee, sodas and vehicles that can actually go fast enough to get someone hurt.

Of course it is dangerous to have any alcohol, cough medicine and mouthwash included, in your system when you drive. It is also dangerous to drive tired, angry, while crying, arguing, at night, in the early morning, in the rain, and through snow. But it's done all the time and no one seems concerned it. I can see it now, it's going to be a money maker. Sir you appear to be driving with inadequate rest. I see a pillow in your car without any indentions. Please step out of the vehicle and perform our inaccurate tests for fatigue, simple jump upon the rear bumper of the squad car 10 times with one foot in front of the other. Oh I'm sorry sir. Looks like your a criminal, in violation of another ridiculous law and I'm just doing my job taking you to jail. You should thank me for serving and protecting you so well. By the way do you want to contribute to the police fund?

City:
Bloomington, IN
Date:
25 Apr 2003
Time:
22:31:06

Comments

I am a 19-year-old student at Indiana University. It is my belief that a government's purpose is to protect the people. This said, after having one beer a person is 15 times as likely to have a crash. That means that I am fifteen times as likely to get hit by a person with a theoretical BAC level of .02. Multiply that out four times and you have the legal limit in most states. State government is not protecting its' people. In fact, setting an acceptable BAC level of .08 encourages people into believing they may be all right to drive. The law should be zero tolerance, eliminate the doubt in a drunks mind. What they are doing is wrong; there should not be a question of how wrong it is!

Thank you

City:
chicago
Date:
27 Apr 2003
Time:
20:06:14

Comments

I believe that drinking and driving is bad.

City:
Longview
Date:
07 May 2003
Time:
15:31:41

Comments

Zero tolerance should be extended to all ages. With any amount of alcohol comes certain side affects that should not be ignored. Zero tolerance should mean Zero tolerance for all.

City:
Maple Ridge, BC
Date:
16 May 2003
Time:
16:26:18

Comments

I don't think it should be zero tolerance b/c everyone has a different tolerance to alcohol. We should be allowed to have one drink at dinner and then still drive home. There should be a blood alcohol limit but everyone's tolerance is different. I think the drinking age should be raised and there should be zero tolerance for those caught drinking under the age. You need to be a responsible adult and even all adults aren't responsible. This is a very difficult debate.

City:
Thornbury
Date:
20 May 2003
Time:
08:12:49

Comments

No, no, no! In any free country no issue should be dominated by black and white reasoning. If a good person is pulled over with .09 BAC should he suffer to great lengths just because of one stupid mistakes? No. Add to that the fact that there is little research on the results of low BAC drivers (between .08 and .12). No, there is always room for discretion. Drinking and driving should not occur, but despite the risks good people every day are making the decision to do so but only this once, because of whatever significant reason. Should they suffer like a criminal? No, because they are not one.

City:
everett
Date:
23 May 2003
Time:
16:20:05

Comments

of course! why should innocent people keep getting killed and injured by drunk drivers and have the government not do anything severe to stop it!?

City:
Painesville
Date:
30 May 2003
Time:
11:45:52

Comments

I think that driving when you are drunk is just as stupid as you can get I mean you could take someone's life and your own. if you are going to drink do it in your home so that the only person the you can hurt is yourself.



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