Drunk Driving reporting
I’m always interested in the way drink driving stories are reported. Here’s an example…
Waikato police net 74 in drink-drive blitz
Waikato police stopped and breathtested 4113 drivers at the weekend and netted 74 people over the legal drink-drive limit. More than 30 specialist staff were involved in the compulsory stops, which were run in response to growing concern about the problem in and around Hamilton. Operation commander Senior Sergeant Bruce Lyon said of most concern was the attitude of a high number of young offenders. Many had no regard for the welfare of other road users or bystanders, he said.
…now my maths is a little rusty, but out of the total number of people tested, less than 2% were drunk. Well, help me out here, but 2% of tested drivers being pissed is something to celebrate, the message IS getting through, but I suppose with all the money spent on advertising and all the police powers wrapped up in being able to stop you and test you, you need to constantly paint out any drink driving as two steps short of complete civilization collapse rather than congratulating drivers for sobering up.