DRINKING AND DRIVING
Re “Cops say drivers still aren’t getting drunk-driving message” (Kevin Connor, Dec. 3): The numbers will never become zero as long as they keep the impaired number so low that it is impossible for society to keep it. It is much like the speed limit on the 400-series highways: 100 km is far too low a speed, some people obey it, but most don’t. 0.05 for a warning and 0.08 for impaired is far too low if they cared about drunk driving. Drinking and driving is not illegal, if it were, the limit would be zero and if that is what society wants, then put the limit there. But society wants to be able to have a wine with dinner out — the problem is when society has two. Now two beers does not make someone impaired, but it will be over the legal limit. Let’s raise the limit to 0.15 with zero tolerance and an automatic five years in jail. Keep the limit as it is for drivers involved in a vehicular accident if at fault for the accident. That would give people the ability to have two or three beers, which is plenty without the fear of penalty, and target actual drunk drivers.
MATTHEW WILSON PORT COLBORNE
(Raising the limit will likely never be an option, even if there were changes made to the penalties)