EDITORIAL: Zero alcohol to remove all doubts

I'M STILL surprised by the high number of drivers who continue to show scant regard for other road users by getting behind the wheel after drinking or taking drugs.

Today's special report showed that in a year, almost 900 people in the Wide Bay district were caught either driving with a blood-alcohol reading of 0.15 or higher or under the influence of drugs.

That's almost 900 people who made a conscious decision that they thought they were okay to drive, but can you ever really be sure?

You just have to watch Highway Patrol, or any other police television show, to see time and time again people claiming that they'd only had one or two, and they thought they'd be okay.

If you're really not sure or you have any doubt at all, I don't think you should be trying to drive.

There are just so many variables that come into play: have you eaten and how recently; was it a standard drink; was it spirits, wine, or beer?

Perhaps it should be changed from a 0.05% blood-alcohol reading to 0.00% for everyone?


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