Should Drunk Driving be decriminalized in BC?

What a difference a little bit of time can make.

On October 6, 2010, Ethan Baron wrote an article entitled:

Finally, everyone’s safer–except drunk drivers”

On December 5, 2010, he wrote an article entitled

“They’ve decriminalized impaired driving”

Most people would think that the roads would be safer from drunk drivers if those drunk drivers faced criminal prosecutions.

Why would Mr. Baron write an article stating that they’ve (the government) have decriminalized impaired driving?

And if that’s true, does it make our roads safer if impaired driving is decriminalized?

It took a few months to see the results of British Columbia’s “toughest drunk driving laws” in the country.

It’s become obvious that the toughest drunk driving laws in the land are in reality the softest.

Soft when it comes to dealing with actual drunk drivers.

In his latest article, Baron indicates that there was a 65% drop-off in charges laid in November 2010, compared to the same period in 2009.

Barron writes that the new laws, allowed “these drivers to escape the criminal charges, subjecting them only to administrative penalties.”

I first pointed this out in a blog post written on October 22, 2010.

In that article I stated

“If the intention was to de-criminalize impaired driving, why not just do that upfront.”

My position hasn’t changed since I wrote those words in October.

If British Columbians wants to decriminalize impaired driving, let’s do that.

What do you think?

Has impaired driving been decriminalized in B.C.?

If it has, is that a good idea?

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