After complaints from restaurants that new driving laws have negatively impacted the hospitality industry, Solicitor General Rich Coleman said today:
“People don’t understand that they can go in and have a couple of glasses of wine with dinner and still leave and be OK and I think what happened is the fear hit in such a way that they said we can’t have a drink at all, and that wasn’t the intent of the legislation.”
Well, Rich, not exactly. Nanaimo RCMP tested a Daily News reporter after she consumed two beer in one hour, the equivalent alcohol of two glasses of wine. Thirty minutes after her last sip, the breathalyser test showed a result that made driving illegal. Not long ago, an RCMP Sergeant refused to acknowledge that drinking even one glass of wine with dinner would be acceptable.
The lack of precision in this issue is exactly why a single police officer should not have sole discretion to levy a fine, suspend a driver’s license and impound a vehicle.