If I read one more time that “Canada has some of the strictest laws and punishments regarding Impaired Driving” I will scream…through a bullhorn…while on Parliament Hill…wearing nothing (okay that’s just going to scare everyone)…wearing a sign that says “don’t write for a magazine or a newspaper if you are going to pull statements like that out of your ass.” (too much?)
As of 2004 our BAC was the same as Benin, Botswana,Brazil, Cote d’Ivoire, Ireland, Lesotho, New Zealand, Swaziland, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, The United States, Zambia, Zimbabwe. Since then Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom have lowered their BAC and toughened their sentencing. We are on par with some third world countries. Even most of the third world countries have tougher laws than we do. We are not a world leader. We are not even a world follower. We’re the kid in the back of the class with a great family, lots of financial security and plenty of intelligence that just doesn’t give a crap and continues to fail classes because “it’s too much work to do anything.”
Here are some of the more interesting penalties that I have found throughout my research.
The Driver is jailed and if married, his wife is jailed too. (okay, this one I’ll admit is unfair but I’ll bet that he never does it again because she is going to make him wish he had gotten a life sentence in prison)
The names of the drivers are sent to the local newspapers and are printed under the heading “He’s Drunk and in Jail.” (I can only hope that pictures are included)
A 10 year prison sentence and the equivalent of a $10,000 fine.
Drunk drivers are taken 20 miles outside of town by police and are forced to walk back under escort.
Finland & Sweden:
Automatic jail for one year of hard labor. (Not surprisingly, these 2 countries ARE world leaders in deterring Impaired Driving. Their rates are almost non-existent without fudging their statistics)
Police remove plates from car.
Not many may be surprised that they have tough laws based on Russians long love affair with alcohol. If caught driving under the influence of alcohol, you lose your driving license for life. Even upon the first offense.
The Drunk Driver in the Grand Prairie case from October 22, 2011 in which 4 boys ( the young football players – I know we all remember that one) were killed will be up for parole this month. He was only sentenced on February 28, 2103 – not a typo, yes 2013….THIS YEAR. Less than 10 months in jail for killing 4 boys.
It should probably be noted that Australia has seen a HUGE decrease in Impaired Driving in the last five years (where ours is going UP)….as has Russia. It should probably be pointed out as well that Finland and Sweden consistently have the lowest rates. Hmmm???? Just sayin.