Originally posted by Chadwickus
When you lose someone you love because of a drink driver.
Then you'll understand.
My brother died at age 16, 3 years ago tomorrow actually. Him and his buddy were drunk, got into a car, smashed into a pole, driver died instantly, my
brother died slowly and I imagine very painfully.
Drinking and driving is an extremely dangerous thing and hurts many people.
The OP sounds like he is from BC, I don't know for sure, but as far as I know we are the only province with the Graduated license program. Correct me
if your not from BC.
Now the issue in BC is that we have an auto insurance monopoly called ICBC. ICBC and what Americans know as the DMV are in bed, ICBC dispenses
licenses, collects fines, issues suspensions etc.
When you are ticketed, you have an amount to pay, lets say 200$ for speeding. But on top of that, you pay for the "points" associated with that
ticket every year on your birthday. Additionally, the amount of points you get can determine if you lose your license. Furthermore, based on what
tickets you have your rates also increase, and keep in mind you could have a couple benign tickets (For instance, not displaying you "New Driver"
sign), and yet your rates still go up. Essentially, the entire scam is highway robbery.
Now back to my original point, as a responsible adult, anyone should be allowed to go out for dinner and have a couple beer, or a glass of wine.
Now that same person, lets say 6 hours later is driving someone home, or picking up their kid, gets stopped at a road checkpoint. Their thought
process is that they drank so long ago that it has nothing to do with how they are performing, and thus is honest with the officer.
Now keep in mind, if someone is showing clear intoxication or in fact blows over the legal limit, they should be dealt with swiftly and thoroughly.
But what if they blow 0.01? Well, this is where the 12 and 24 hour suspensions come, which in essence are a noble idea. Some people can hide
intoxication well, so restricting their driving till a time where they will be safe is completely acceptable.
WHERE IT GOES WRONG THOUGH, is that that 12 or 24 hour suspension, which DOES NOT MEAN YOU HAVE DONE ANYTHING WRONG OR ILLEGAL!
But, ICBC treats you as if you have, assigning points to your record, which is a sneaky way to tax the hell out of you as I already mentioned. And you
could also lose your license, for a lot of people (since transit sucks in Canada) and some people live in rural areas, can literally destroy someones
life. Loss of employment and education are just a couple of the possible problems.
[edit on 10-4-2009 by king9072]