Sunday, 30 August 2015
I read an article yesterday about drunk drivers in the US. One State, instead of removing the driving licence, was enforcing mandatory sobriety, by making offenders take a breathalyzer test twice a day. Should the offender fail the test - off to jail they go and/or lose their Driving Licence (and I should have saved the link, sorry)
Of course this raises all sort of arguments about civil liberties, but the article went on to say that a over 25% of the offenders, once the 'sentence" was completed, chose to live a sober life (at least for some time).
When I moved to Canada, about twelve years ago, I was shocked that most people seemed to disregard the Drunk Driving laws. I moved to a small mill town in the middle of Vancouver Island ( guess away) and Drunk Driving was practically a sport.
There were a few road blocks around Christmas time and statutory holidays, but in the main, people would take 'a chance" and get behind the wheel after they had a few.
As my drinking increased, I got very organized (I think one of you lovely people referred to it as Wine Management 101). I always made sure that I had plenty of wine, so I would never be tempted to drive, even as all reason and common sense left me.
Well that was the theory.
I have never been caught driving over the limit, and I have never had an accident.
Only by the best luck ever.
I have definitely driven while under the influence of alcohol, I am very ashamed to admit.
I wondered what would have happened if I had been caught and sentenced to mandatory sobriety.
I hope that I would have been so ashamed of myself that I never touched another drop. I hope that I would be thankful for a second chance. I hope that I would have eventually embraced the sober life, even after the "sentence" was lifted.
I hope this experiment is successful.