Prohibition! Can you feel the creeping dawn of national sobriety? We are going to be prohibited. It’s only matter of time. We’ve brought it on ourselves. They are going to prohibit the hooch. What are we going to do then? Be sober? All the time? Even on weekends?
I’m being dramatic. It’s about drinking and driving. They’re sick of the deaths on the roads that result from drunk drivers. We should all be sick of the deaths on the roads. We should all be clamouring for the drinking limit to be reduced and the punishment for transgression to be swift and harsh. If you can’t drink responsibly don’t drink at all. Right? Isn’t that what makes sense. Clearly, we can’t drink responsibly. If we could, we would be doing it. We’re not. We drink and we drive drunk and people get killed. It has got to stop.
No tolerance makes sense. How do we tolerate such a constant stream of senseless deaths? No drinking whatsoever before getting behind the wheel of a car makes sense. No one can gauge whether they’re over the limit. We don’t carry little Breathalyzer kits in our pockets. No one sets out, after a fantastic dinner with excellent wine, to kill another person and no one ever thinks it’s going to happen to them. But then one day it happens. It’s an unfortunate accident, but one that could possibly have been avoided if the driver of the car had all their wits about them. It isn’t worth it.
And the alcohol companies? Are they high on their own product? Are they really going to fight the zero tolerance plan to protect their profits? How do they defend that position? How do they even begin to attempt to defend the indefensible? How do you say that your profits take precedence over the preservation of life?
It’s not the smartest Public Relations position I’ve ever heard of. In fact, it’s quite the contrary. Do the liquor companies not care about the lives of the customers whose spending on their products results in such huge profits? It looks to me like they don’t.
No one is saying we shouldn’t drink at all. They’re just saying that having had a few drinks we shouldn’t drive. They are right. We shouldn’t. Why don’t the liquor companies come up with workable solutions? They could offer services where they drive people home, for example. Yes, it’s a cost, but they’re clever people. They can figure out how to make it work. Their own employees aren’t allowed to drink and drive. Their own employees would be fired if they were found to have done so, so clearly the liquor companies appreciate that zero tolerance makes sense.
The liquor companies say that people won’t comply with the law so half the population will become criminals. Are they sure about that? I’ll comply with the law. Won’t you? Is this their reason for arguing against the passing of no tolerance? Are they saying criminal activity like murder resulting from people driving drunk should be risked because we don’t respect the law? Surely not.
The fact is that South Africans are needlessly dying. The fact is that most of the deaths on the roads of our cities are as a result of drunk driving. Prohibition. It’s coming. Beware!