Opinion

EDITORIAL: Toasting B.C.'s drunk driving laws

The stats are in and they are worth toasting: 104 deaths have been averted by B.C.’s tough drinking laws that came into force two years ago, according to recent government statistics, and a new survey suggests fewer drunk drivers are getting behind the wheel.

According to the data released Wednesday, the number of alcohol-related motor vehicle deaths dropped 46%, to an average of 62 a year, down from about 114, and 60% fewer driver were found to be over the Criminal Code threshold of 0.08% in a voluntary survey. What’s more, the survey results showed that levels of drinking and driving were the lowest recorded since 1995.

People are aware of the tougher drunk driving laws and they seem to abide by them, making the roads safer for everyone.

If you find this news worth toasting, however, please choose a soft drink or hand someone else your keys before you imbibe.

Do you support B.C.’s tougher drinking and driving laws? Vote in our online poll.

 

 

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