Comment 60808

By EMT (anonymous) | Posted March 08, 2011 at 21:05:00

Firstly I think it should be noted that the rate of pedestrian fatalities in Canada is on the decline across the country.
http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/roadsafety/tp-tp2436-rs200401-page5-393.htm
in the period from 1992 to 2001 the rate dropped from 1.6 to 1.1 per 100,000 population per year.

This is a good thing but perhaps still unacceptable, so I would make a "modest proposal":

In about 80% of collisions resulting in pedestrian fatalities the driver was drunk. If we could effectively address the issue of drunk driving it seems to me we could deal with the vast majority of the problem. To this end I would propose the following changes in legislation:

1: Lower the BAC level of impaired driving from it's present value of 0.8 to 0.1
2: Require breath tests of all drivers stopped by the Police for any reason
3: Increase RIDE checkpoints significantly on a year round basis. test all stopped drivers, don't just question them.
4: Impose a mandatory lifetime diving suspension on all drivers found to be impaired
5: Impose a mandatory death penalty for any person found driving while under a lifetime suspension

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