Over the Top DUIsPosted by on Tuesday, August 7th, 2012
I don’t agree with drunk driving. I’ve read arguments to legalize drunk driving, but that’s not necessarily my position…yet. Unlike some other regulations that I discuss, drunk driving has the potential to seriously harm another individual. However, the laws raise enough concerns for me to be troubled by them.
Drunk driving laws lead to witch hunts. Of course, I am referring to police check points. If you have to stop every single car, question the people therein, and administer random breath tests in order to tell whether people are too drunk to be operating a vehicle, maybe the law is too strict. After all, they were enacted for safety purposes. So, if the person isn’t causing a disturbance or driving poorly, maybe they aren’t dangerous after all.
They say that a blood alcohol level of 0.08% can affect your reasoning, depth perception, and peripheral vision. However, just a few decades ago, the legal limit was 0.15%. Either way, did you know you can get cited for DUI if you are under the legal limit IF an officer claims that you showed “signs of impairment?” That’s pretty subjective. However, there is no provision for NOT getting a ticket if you are over the limit and DON’T show signs of impairment.
I don’t point all of this out because I support drunk driving. I just definitely don’t support unfair laws. There are many over the top instances of DUI citations. I’m reading a book right now written by an attorney, Michael D. Cicchini, that gives examples of people getting DUI citations for turning the key halfway on (accessory mode) and sleeping in the car.
The most recent example to make the national news is that of an Alaska man who was given a DUI for floating down a river on a raft while intoxicated. I suppose this was for his own good, because it can’t be construed as being a public safety issue.
(The original article I linked to about this story is no longer available. Efforts have been made to find a replacement, but the details may not always be the same in cases like this.)
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