More than 25% of those who drive after drinking do so after drinking too much. At least, that’s what I gather from the fact that out of 99 people who were asked to take a breathalyzer test by the police on Friday night, 26 of them failed it. Only those who had had alcohol detected in their breath by a preliminary gauge (indicating that they had been drinking) were asked to take the breathalyzer test.
Intuitively, it seems to me that if the drink-driving rate is as high as that, the maximum punishment of a $5000 fine or six months’ jail is too low. Way too low. A vehicle helmed by someone not in full control of her faculties is like a gun in the hands of a madman.