The Great Young Offenders Act Debate

The debate for January 2000 is:

Why can't Canadians Drink and Drive?

Note: This site does not promote or condone drinking and driving or drinking by adolescents. It is intended to be a frank discussion clarifying the issues.

During the holiday season there are notices everywhere telling us that we should not "drink and drive." On the other hand, there are billboards everywhere promoting alcoholic beverages. Governments collect taxes on alcohol products.  

Do Canadians really want to outlaw "drinking and driving"? If we did so wouldn't we put bars and restaurants out of business? How do you get to a bar or restaurant in Canada without driving?

During the holiday season we visit friends and family. Adults serve wine, beer, and liquor to other adults. Most guests drink in moderation. In Canada we usually drive to the homes of friends and families. Is it morally wrong to serve alcohol to your adult guests?

Should drivers of motor vehicles be 100% alcohol free?

What do you think?

Resources:

bulletInformation About the Law
bulletThe Canadian Impaired Driving Information Page 
bulletMADD Canada
bulletAnother Debate

Read what other people have said

Comments Made by Participants

14 Dec 1999

More and more clients of impaired driving lawyers are reporting that they have been charged with over 80 with relatively low blood alcohol concentrations in the range of 90 - 110 mg/100 ml. Many of them report that they only had two or three beers or that they spaced their drinking out at a rate of one per hour thinking that they would not exceed the legal limit. They are shocked that they have been charged and now may lose their jobs as a result of loss of driver's licence for 90 days plus 1 year (first offence in Ontario). Should people be more careful? Should we be so strict? Are the public poorly informed? Are breath machines accurate?

07 Jan 2000

I think drivers should not be allowed any thing to drink

18 Jan 2000

As a Paramedic in a major city, and having been a Paramedic in smaller cities, I have seen the effects of drinking and driving, and let me tell you it isn't pretty! Most people who have had a few beers, will say they are fine to drive.... and yet most drunk drivers after an accident will almost guaranteed tell you they only had 1 or 2. Now I am not advocating a total ban on alcohol consumption prior to driving.... I am advocating change to the way over drinking and driving is handled both prior to leaving the scene and after. i.e. Making it mandatory for bars to implement a sobriety test to all drivers prior to them driving, holding bars partially liable for drunk drivers if nothing was done to prevent them from driving. Free cab rides sponsored by groups against drunk driving and bars for anyone responsible enough to call for one. Also tougher laws when a driver is caught while impaired, jail time, huge fines and publishing their names, banning them from driving and/or from being in bars. For me the best choice has and will always be not to ever even have one alcoholic beverage prior to driving, I have just seen to many tragedies involving "only one or two drinks" and I don't want that on my conscience!

21 Jan 2000

Shut down bars for the safety of Canadian people.

23 Jan 2000

I THINK YOU SHOULD HAVE THE DRINKING AGE LOWER WHY ALL MY FRIENDS THAT DRINK ARE NOT ALLOWED TO DRINK AT HOME BUT I  AM AND I DON'T GET DRUNK FOR I SEE NO POINT TO IT