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Thursday, December 21, 2006

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.


At 21/12/06 6:42 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

and when one of this 2% crashes into your friend and kills them, bomber will say "but its a success"! zero tolerance, zero drink driving.

At 21/12/06 7:01 pm, Blogger bomber said...

Dude, I'm totally sorry - and I totally agree with you, I don't think I made my point very clear. I have no tolerance towards drink drivers at all, and throw the book at 'em by impounding their car immediatly. I'm all for that, my issue was that I was surprised it was so low (2%) and that there was a positive and that 98% of us aren't fucking stupid.

At 22/12/06 9:57 am, Anonymous methane_birds said...

Bomber, how on earth can you justify using the words "2% of tested drivers being pissed" and "celebrate" in the same sentence? The thought that 2 out of every 100 cars is driven by a selfish fuckwit who's too pissed to be behind the wheel is terrifying. Celebrate when the number is ZERO, not before. This 2% has got to be the ones to be really worried about in my opinion, since with all the advertising and disincentive in the world, they are likely to be the ones that continue driving drunk until they kill someone, or themselves (preferably the latter of course).
I would have expected you to go ape-shit if the police/govt or media even thought about celebrating these figures as a success, not the other way around.
Fucking disappointed.


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