Good Drunk Drivers? 17%

The law on alcohol and driving changed at the weekend….so in fear and self loathing the car has sat in the driveway since!

It seems that 17% of breath test failures are the morning after and 40% of people have no idea they would be likely to fail

http://www.alcosense.co.uk/morning_after.html

So is this change a meaningful contribution to road safety and public health or just another creeping attempt to criminalise us all?

Recall that when using a phone was made an offence in 2003 it was £30 and it was supposed to be all about education. 4 years later the fine was doubled and now it can be up to a £1000 fine and penalty points. Hardly any education and a total boost to the insurance industry where 3 points puts £100 on your insurance quote!

New limits are described here (for reference)

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/lifestyle/motoring/new-law-drink-driving-comes-force-4748078

I have no time for drink driving; but are there bad drunk drivers and good drunk drivers? Yes!

I’ve noticed the statistic of 20 people dying every year in accidents.

Rospa details the hundreds of deaths of cyclists. Where is the priority?

http://www.rospa.com/roadsafety/adviceandinformation/cycling/facts-figures.aspx

The point is we need a lot more designed safety and education rather than the big blunt instrument.

Setting targets for things like driving licence crimes, such as failing to notify the DVLA of an address change just pisses people off.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/10997229/Police-Scotland-catch-37-per-cent-more-speeders-after-overshooting-targets.html

 

 

 

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