Sunday Tasmanian - - News -

IF we re­ally care about get­ting drunks off the roads and from be­hind the wheel, there is a way.

Peo­ple, es­pe­cially those who drink in pubs and RSL clubs, could eas­ily be checked and breath-tested by com­pe­tent staff be­fore leav­ing these venues.

Other venues like pri­vate homes or such gath­er­ings where al­co­holic drinks are served must have an al­co­hol breath-test­ing de­vice on hand. Vis­i­tors and guests who may have had one too many drinks could be of­fered an al­co­hol breath-test be­fore sit­ting be­hind the wheel of their cars.

It’s lu­di­crous to al­low po­ten­tially drunk pa­trons who drive to go to their cars with­out a quick breathal­yser test.

If a test re­turned a pos­i­tive read­ing this per­son could wait un­til he or she is sober and up to driv­ing be­fore leav­ing the venue.

A venue’s gen­eral and se­cu­rity staff should be re­spon­si­ble for clients and pa­trons who drink on their premises.

Breath-test­ing de­vices can read­ily be avail­able, for po­ten­tial over-the-limit pa­trons and driv­ers, in clubs and pubs or any venue or home for that mat­ter.

Do we re­ally need to let the sys­tem and our uni­formed po­lice of­fi­cers con­fis­cate end­less ve­hi­cles and rake in mil­lions in govern­ment rev­enue at the cost of po­ten­tial over-the-limit road deaths?

This road safety and early breath-test­ing mea­sure is self­ex­plana­tory and would save lives.

Preven­tive al­co­holic breatht­est­ing de­vices would be there to use and pre­vent any po­ten­tial tragedy.

Why are we let­ting these in­tox­i­cated per­sons be­hind the wheel in the first place?

The po­lice may catch a few, but then again so many do not get caught and can and do cause on­go­ing suf­fer­ing and pain to so many in­no­cent lives and fam­i­lies in our com­mu­ni­ties. Wayne McDon­ald Ta­roona

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