I recently moved to Red Deer.
I was born and educated in the U.K. and lived in Portugal for 32 years.
Reading newspapers and watching newscasts relating to drinking and driving and the laws pertaining to, I have lost count of the number of young people who have been killed and/or seriously injured on the road due to drinking heavily.
There appears to be a different mentality with these unfortunate youngsters in Alberta to those in Portugal and in my opinion reducing the amount of alcohol one can consume by the laws of the land will not stop these terrible tragedies occurring.
All it will do is snare more people who are, according to the law in Canada, impaired but in reality are still in full control of their physical and mental faculties.
In Portugal, the max is 0.09 and on toll roads, the speed limits are higher.
Why, oh why are not the police out in force during the early hours of the morning when these tragedies occur and not early evening when they appear to snare all these “impaired” drivers?
What is the age that a person can drive?
What is the age that people can buy alcohol?
I’ll end this letter by saying that anyone who is drunk should be stopped and sentenced heavily but please use discretion when stopping drivers with low readings.
Once upon a time drivers were asked to walk a straight line. Has that stopped now?
James T. Taylor