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The department cited data from the Road Traffic Management Corporation as a motivating factor, which revealed that drunk driving accounts for 27.1% of fatal crashes in the country.
It went on to dismiss concerns from stakeholders – including the AA – that the new rule will “criminalise innocent motorists and is unlikely to have the results authorities think it will”.
Yup, this, those 27.1% are already breaking the more lenient limit. Why would making it stricter change their already illegal behavior?Still a bad idea.
It shouldn't be illegal to operate a vehicle after having some cough syrup.
They've said 27.1% of fatal crashes are because of drunk driving. They're already over the current limit, just enforce it.
The current law didn't deter them. I don't see how a new one with a different number on it will.To deter? I can drink and drive now (read Castle Lite), but now I can't drink and drive.
The department countered this by stating: “A lot of cough medicines contain warning leaflets that advise people against the consumption of the medication if they will be operating a motor vehicle or heavy machinery.”