Skipping between channels on Friday morning I came across an episode of Dr Phil where they were discussing the tragic consequences of drinking and driving.
He was talking with families who have lost loved ones due to them, or someone else drinking, driving and crashing.
He ended the show with this comment:
The easiest way to make sure that you are not over the limit to drive is to carry a portable breathalyser with you.
I can't say how shocked I was at this! I was expecting that sentence to end with 'Is by not drinking if you are going to be driving. Which I think is kind of common sense.
So now we have millions of people who think that drinking and driving is OK because it's endorsed by Dr Phil. Just as long as you check you are not over the limit before you drive.
Even worse, if you need a breathalyser to tell you that you are not over the limit then that should tell you enough about whether you should be driving. In that you shouldn't!
It is a real pet hate of mine. When I got my license I made the decision that the amount of alcohol that I could drink and then drive is '0'. That way I know that I am safe on the road. The closest I have ever got is a small glass of wine and then driven a few hours later, when it was out of my system.
And I think that should be the law as well, alcohol affects people differently and so having one level for the whole populous seems odd. And telling people that they can drink x before they will lose their license just means that some people assume that they *can* drink lots and then drive home. Or that if they intersperse their drinks with water it dilutes the alcohol and they can drink extra.
Make the level 0 and you don't have that problem any more...
Oh well, my rant for the day over! Time for breakfast!