Thursday, July 5, 2012

Why do we put up with recivitist drunken drivers?

OK--- he has been caught about 26 times drinking and driving and now he has to go to prison for 3 years—that means less than half that of course. The guy has also been indefinitely forbidden to drive again--- we have seen that before too.
Is it a lack of resources for locking up people who repeatedly drink and drive or are the judges hampered in some way that the rest of us don’t get? Please enlighten me someone.
Do we need to look at the Scandinavians nations to come up with a model that seems to work? Are we somehow different in NZ? Do we have a culture that ‘allows’ and even admires someone e who can ‘hold’ their drink?  Question after question--- I know--- I’m just bloody frustrated with it all.
I am sure that a previous blog or two that I have written about the ‘Queen Street’ behaviours is linked in that, yes we do have an unhealthy drinking culture. Will our politicians ever grasp this nettle and take a few pricks and then finally act. Read into that what you wish! I am well past being ‘decent’ about this issue.
Come on ‘older farts like myself and younger people who care about the safety of their kids on the roads or footpaths--- get our collective acts together and support politician who are brave enough to ‘cross the floor’ in Parliament or go against their Party Whips.
Private Members bills would be the way to go, if only some of our MPs would do what we put them in Parliament to do---- to make NZ a better and safer place.