posted on Jun, 6 2010 @ 06:01 AM
reply to post by CX
As an American, this story is completely irrelevant to me. That being said, I strongly support it. If you want to drink, then either hire a taxi or
secure a designated driver. One drink is too many, in my opinion. However I do have some concerns about the proposed changes and a few questions...
Those found breaking the law would be hit with an automatic 12-month ban.
A 12-month ban of what, exactly? 12-month ban on driving? Perhaps banned from drinking and subjected to random screens? Maybe both? Some clarification
would be nice.
Random breath-testing, allowing police to stop motorists with no other aim.
I don't live in the UK and realize that your civil right protections are much weaker than ours here in the States, but isn't that a violation of
The right for drivers to demand a second breathalyzer test at the police station to be removed.
I cry foul on this one. Due process? Fair? Breathalyzers can be inaccurate and the results used in court. I believe this is completely wrong and
should not be allowed.
Novice drivers to face an alcohol limit of just 20mg.
New drivers are subjected to tougher regulations. I can get behind this one. New drivers are not really experienced, are easily distracted, and find
situations sometimes confusing.
That being said, I'd like to know what defines a 'novice driver' in black and white. Please, spell it out in Crayon.
A new offense of driving with an illegal substance in the bloodstream at levels deemed impairing.
What are the laws in the UK regarding Marijuana, and the like? At what levels are considered 'intoxicating'? I don't live in the UK but could
easily see this lighting up a firestorm here in the states.
On a completely different note, I question the skyNEWS-UK journalist who wrote this article. I've caught several typos now according to the Firefox
spellchecker. Hell, who am I kidding? You UK people spell a lot of words wrong.