Yukon doesn’t lead in a lot of areas, but there’s one where we excel: Yukoners proudly consume alcohol at almost double the average rate of our country, which is itself a global vanguard in boozing it up.
And considering how essential the automobile is for getting around up here, this morning’s CBC article confirmed some feelings I already had about impaired driving in Canada.
Like how driving drunk is slowly but surely returning to its former glory as a social norm:
“In 1981, 62 per cent of drivers killed on Canadian roads tested positive for alcohol. By 1999, that number had dropped to 33 per cent — an all-time low. But since then the percentage has risen, hovering between 35 and 40, despite ongoing enforcement efforts by police.”
And the low likelihood that an impaired driver will ever be caught:
“…the average Canadian could drive impaired once a week for three years before being charged with an offence…”
And then there’s the lame argument that jail and sentences – the Conservative interpretation of bread and circuses – will have an impact on drinking and driving in Canada:
“The problem in Canada is not lax punishment, but rather apprehending impaired drivers in the first place…”
Clearly some creative thinking is required here. Do we throw more cops at the problem? Require breathalyzers in all vehicles? Ban cars from the streets after midnight?
Probably none of the above. Canada’s habit of imbibing and driving may best be solved by Google: get those self-driving cars up here pronto! Because Canadians clearly lack the capacity for clear thinking and self-control – only technology can save us from ourselves.