[This article was first published, by the same author, on the ‘Drive and Stay Alive’ website in 2003, but the photograph is new.]
A… study conducted by the Styrian Austrian Road Safety Board reviewed the effects of lowering the BAC from .08 to .05 percent in Styria. Comparing 1998, when the new BAC went into effect, to 1997, the decline in alcohol-related crashes amounted to 11.6 percent.
Around 6 a.m. on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, a Hyundai Sonata ran off Ridge Road, in Springfield Township, Ohio, at a speed later estimated to be 92-97mph, and then struck a tree, tearing the car in half.
Back in 1992, the World Medical Association [WMA] recommended that no country in the world should permit drivers to have a blood-alcohol concentration [BAC] higher than 0.05 percent, on the basis that medical research had proved anything above this level created an unacceptable level of risk.
According to ABC News, animal cruelty is now a federal felony.We have no problem with this scenario whatsoever, except to ask that if animal cruelty warrants classification as a federal felony, why are people who drive drunk, drugged, distracted or plain dangerously, and kill someone as a result, not treated in the same ‘federal felony’ manner?
What is this if not an astonishing and frankly inexplicable imbalance of priorities?
In the 1960s, as a boy still at home with my parents, I started to see early road safety messages on British television, and key among these were film clips about not drinking alcohol and then driving.
The following decade, I joined the police — first in a three-year cadetship in which college played a major role, then as an officer. And during those early police years, I started to more fully understand the tragic devastation caused by people who drink alcohol before driving.
The video above is from 1978, my second year on Traffic Patrol