There are some things in this world that I have never, ever been able to understand. One of them is complaining and whining about things that are fully in within your control.
“Your dad pulled me over for speeding/stunting/tinting/drinking/whatever“
Do you know what my reply always was??
“I guess you shouldn’t have been doing that, then.“
Alberta is in the process of lowering the impaired driving limit from 0.08 to 0.05, with stricter penalties for those caught driving under the influence. I love it. I am madly in love with this idea:
Those caught drinking and driving can already be charged under the Criminal Code of Canada if they have a blood-alcohol content over 0.08. Under the proposed new provincial law, people criminally charged with drunk driving will immediately lose their licences until the charges are resolved.
Albertans caught driving with a blood-alcohol content between .05 and .08 – below the criminal limit – will be subject to a three-day license suspension and a three-day vehicle seizure for a first offence. A second offence will bring a 15-day suspension and a seven-day seizure. A third offence will bring a 30-day suspension and a seven-day seizure. Drivers will pay impound costs.
Finally, under the proposed law, young drivers in Alberta will face stricter rules. The zero-tolerance for alcohol will continue, but those caught drinking and driving will face an immediate 30-day suspension. Also, for the first six months that new drivers are allowed to drive alone, the new driver cannot have more than one teen passenger in the vehicle. They are also restricted from driving between midnight and 5 a.m.
I’m a 145lb woman who would be fast-asleep-passed-out long before I hit a blood alcohol level of 0.08. I’m good to go if I have a glass of wine at dinner, but no more than that. I know that I am impaired far before 0.05, and I am not the only one.
But people are in an uproar over this proposed legislation, and I can’t help but shake my head. The service industry is wringing its hand, crying foul over the lost revenue they’ll experience when they can’t over-serve their customers. [Trolls] are enraged that the government will be making it harder for them to get home after a night out.
So I posted this on Twitter this morning:
Pretty simple, huh? Don’t drink and drive, and it won’t matter if your BAC is 0.05, 0.08, or higher. IF YOU AREN’T DRIVING, IT DOESN’T MATTER HOW HIGH YOUR BLOOD ALCOHOL LEVEL IS.
Yes, it’s another stricter rule imposed on your freedoms.
But before you think about your freedoms, think about 4 families in Grande Prairie who’s sons have NO freedom because they are DEAD.
My thoughts exactly.
Then, I get this [trollish] reply:
Isn’t that just awesome ignorant?
Guess what? IF YOU DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE, THIS NEW LAW WILL NOT AFFECT YOU ANYWAY. Stop complaining. If you are not one of those “habitual drunk drivers”, it will not affect you.
Don’t drink and drive. If you are being responsible in the first place, it will not matter what the legislation is for impaired driving.
DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE.
Is it that hard? I don’t get it. I don’t understand it.
I. Do. Not. Understand. This.
It’s like crying about speeding tickets, calling foul on the officers issuing them, and the cities that hire photo radar companies…if you were going the SPEED LIMIT, you wouldn’t have gotten a ticket. It is completely and fully within your control.
If you don’t drink and drive, the legal limit will not matter to you because you ARE NOT DRINKING AND DRIVING.
It has nothing to do with government involvement. It has everything to do with blaming the consequences of your poor choices and actions onto someone else like a spoiled child.
It’s time to grow up.