And it's changed even more from when I was in my teens. When I was in my 20s I hardly drove anywhere without a beer. We'd go hunting with a loaded rifle and beer right on the front seat. ONe other thing has changed too though, you didn't see as much idiocy among young people then with kids screaming around in vehicles- we all did stupid things but we didn't get the idea we were superman either. Of course most of society wasn't into drugs in those days. That's probably the main difference.
In Sweden, anyone with any detectable amount of alchohol on their breath loses his/her drivers license for life, such that parents hearing their kids are going to a party offer car-keys to their kids, knowing it means their kids can't get drunk if being the driver.
I South Africa, white drunk drivers were fined $25,000 and/or ten years in jail, while blacks had a maximum sentence of six months.
All fine and good if there is a restaurant with in walking distance and/or your community has a taxi.
Having cleaned up the aftermath of drunk drivers I am all in favor of getting them off the road, BUT my understanding of the new laws buts too much power in police hands and is more like a tax grab.
I'm hoping the average sensible cop will use the new tool primarily as a means to get the irresponsible, idiots off the road.
I think you put too much faith in the police. I have problems with their being able to impound your vehicle and issue a fine at their discretion. Without a breath sample how do you fight it in court and how would you recover the towing and storage costs? Apparently they can impound the vehicle even when it is not the registered owner driving.
I recently got stopped in a road block and got a ticket for not having my license on me even though I was returning home from the fire hall after responding to a call. Hows that for ignorant?