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In support of random breath tests

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  |  Posted: Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013 06:00 am

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Without random breath tests, how do you propose a chronic alcoholic, who drinks daily and drives with his/her children in the car, be stopped? These people do not slur their words or stagger, as their tolerance level has grown and they are accustomed to masking these behaviours. Need I add they are quite charming and personable with police officers and others questioning their sobriety? While extremely intoxicated this person appears sober!

The only evidence of intoxication is a possible faint smell of alcohol and the child telling a teacher at school. “Mommy only drinks wine in the car, it’s in a blue bottle that she puts under the seat. I’m not supposed to tell.” “Dad drinks Canadian beer in the truck, he keeps it in the arm thing and throws the cans on the highway.” The police have stopped these parents numerous times on tips, but the person presents well. Even after smelling faint alcohol on their breath, the police say they do not have enough evidence to request a breath test because staggering and slurring are not evident.

They will have the evidence they need when the child is found dead at the scene and the parent is in handcuffs crying, “Poor me, what have I done? Oh, poor me.” Police will have the evidence when the person runs a stop sign and kills YOUR precious child walking across the street with her artwork in hand or beautiful wife while she’s walking the dog that you wouldn’t take out.

Please remember that any person who causes a death while drinking and driving would never do it again if they could change things. I’m sure not one of them ever believed that it would happen to them. Not one of them would say, “I’m glad I faked my way through that checkstop and I’m glad they never stopped me in a random breath test, because if they had, my daughter would still be alive, your son would still be alive!”

What could you do to prevent these needless deaths? Really, are your rights and your inconvenience of being pulled over for a random breath test worth more than your child’s life, my child's life? REALLY??

Sylvia Viczko, St. Albert


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