Government’s Benefit From Drunk Driving Laws
January 4, 2012 5 Comments
Do you think the Government really cares if you or a loved one lives or dies in a drunk driving accident?
Sadly, the reality of this question is no.
The legal drinking limit law is put into place for one main reason, to make more money.
It is true that they do sustain a certain level of safety to the public with more sensitive laws but at the end of the day, the lower the blood alcohol limit, the more individuals who are likely to be caught OVER THE LIMIT.
Currently the legally allowed limit BAC is .08%. This is a hard number to pin to just exactly how many drinks you have had. For some it could be as little as one cocktail, others could be up to even four. So how they can draw such a precise limit when no one besides yourself really knows if you are cognitively aware enough to drive.
I’m not saying an advocate for drunk driving or anything or that sort (actually I’m very against it for the safety of other innocent drivers) but I personally know people who have had as little as two drinks and were arrested for being behind the wheel. If caught with a DWI the reciprocation can include:
- Fines, court and lawyer fees costing up to $5000
- Loss of job
- Public humiliation
- Criminal record
- Loss of license
There used to be no limit of drunk driving so the implications were that if a cop saw you were reckless and drunk they would either follow you home or leave your car and supply a ride home without repercussions. Then the law changed to .10% in order to increase internal revenue from the fines associated with people over the limit.
The government still wanted to increase their revenue and decided to further reduce the legal drinking limit to .08%, so some people who may just have a casual drink or two with a meal may have their lives ruined…all for just more money.
In terms of the drunk driving fatality rate, there has been almost no change in the number of causalities since the newly enacted laws, just a substantial increase in the amount of arrests and money the government makes of these arrests.
The worst part is the government is now even considering changing the legal limit across the United States to a mere .07%. That’s barely a drink with a meal then getting behind the wheel! So what does the government really value your life at? Almost nothing but another ticket that eventually gets spent on the greedy and corrupt senators who make the laws in the first place.
Now I don’t even take the risk of driving for at least a 45 minutes after one drink because it is not worth the risk.