The Herald on Sunday continues their wonky jihad on drunk driving by attacking the government.
New Zealanders are dying and being seriously injured in crashes that could have been avoided with a lower drink-drive limit.
The Government has refused to move on a lower blood alcohol limit until it has proof it would make a difference – but the whole time that evidence has been available from the Ministry of Transport and Cabinet refuses to consider it.
Statistics obtained by the Herald on Sunday under the Official Information Act show in the last four years 20 people have been killed in road accidents involving drinking drivers just below the legal limit.
Another 281 people have been seriously injured in crashes where a drink-driver was also tested and found to be just under the limit.
That is all well and good, but their hypothesis is flawed. If the stats are as they say..and since they haven’t released them then we can’t know for sure, that these people died with a blood alcohol level of just under the current limit, then they would still be dead if the limit was reduced..except now they would have been over it.
To blame the government for poor decision making and driving skills of drunk drivers is pathetic.
The Herald on Sunday cannot claim that those 20 people would have still been alive if the limit had been lowered.