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Could drunk driving accidents be prevented by the government?  What is being done to keep us safe?  Is it effective?Nearly all of us know what it is like to lose a special person to drunk driving.  These accidents tend to include a lot of emotion: shame is felt by the drunkard, anger by the family of the victim, vengeance by the jury, and compassion from the community.  It is tempting to throw our hands in the air and give up,  “No more alcohol,”  the judge would proclaim, “no more cars,” yells the family, while the jury screams “prison for life”!  As exciting as this may sound, we must resist the temptation to follow our natural desire to over correct.  Alcohol can clean wounds and warm up frozen climbers, vehicles bring people to the hospitals, and it is expensive to keep people in prison.  In cases like this we must approach the issue with a logical, unbiased perspective; keeping in mind the potential repercussions.  In these cases, the government must take on the role of mediator, protector, leader.  Even though canadian law evolves, it will always remain the standard as to what was, is, and will be acceptable. Just as law changes over time, so must regulations over alcohol – particularly taking into consideration the growing population and the increasing necessity of vehicles.  For this reason, many tactics have been experimented with over the decades.  Even before motor vehicles were widely available, the United States recognised the dangers of controlled substances.  Unfortunately, prohibition was too strict and led only to bootlegging. Such an approach can not be taken when dealing with drunk driving.  We must remember – alcohol on its own is not dangerous, only when it is abused.  The question is then, how can we prevent drinking AND driving.   In 1921, drinking and driving became a criminal offence, then called driving while intoxicated.  

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