It’s humiliating having your name made public after you’ve been charged with impaired driving.

It’s even more shameful, however, when people make the boneheaded decision to get behind the wheel of a vehicle when their blood-alcohol level may be over the legal limit.

When the Niagara Regional Police started making public the names of people charged with impaired driving in December, some questioned the fairness of the force’s decision.

The names have been released weekly, usually on Mondays, on the NRP’s Facebook page and website, niagarapolice.ca.

Police hope their move acts as a deterrent and helps curb the crime.

Those who question the fairness of releasing the names should first ask how fair it is that people make the decision to put lives at risk.

Why are deterrents even needed? Simple common sense should prevail when people are considering driving after drinking.

The tragic statistics speak for themselves.

Impaired driving is the leading cause of criminal death in Canada.

In 2010, an estimated 2,500 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes in Canada, about 40% of which were impaired driving related, according to MADD Canada.

It would be difficult to find someone who doesn’t know it’s a bad idea to drive while impaired. But, bizarrely, some people just don’t get it.

Dozens of people have had their names released since the NRP started making them public a week before Christmas.

The more deterrents the better.

In fact, police and governments in Canada should be doing even more to nab and punish impaired drivers.

More RIDE checks and even stiffer penalties would go a long way in sending a strong message.

Instead of being angry with the NRP for publishing the names of those charged with impaired driving, people should direct their disgust at those who make the idiotic decision to drive drunk.

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Source: Welland Tribune


Last updated on: 2014-02-28 | Link to this post