Friday, March 23, 2007

Has Society Finally Gone Mad?

I think that Society has finally seen it's breaking point. Who in society feels that it is ok to drive a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol? That is like letting your 3 year old child run with a knife or scissors in their hands. By climbing behind the wheel while under the influence you to are doing just that. It is like playing with a loaded gun or running with a pair of scissors in your hand. In the last 72 hours they have had 11 impaired charges and 2, 24 twenty four suspensions. Why is that you ask? Is it just our community that has no respect for their fellow man? I asked those questions too. The answer that I got was two fold. One was our community did a survey from our residence, and it was noted that more priority needed to be placed on stopping impaired driving. We got what we asked for. Here is where I take my hat off to the many men and women that risk their lives each and every day to make society safer for us. Now one might ask If I have gone soft or sold out as in the past I have been noted as been overly hard on law enforcement. I have even been accused of picking on them. I disagree, I point out the obvious. If you screw up I am going to call you on it regardless of who you are. So that just means that the law enforcement community has been screwing up a bit more then usual. I respect the law and certain officers. With that being said though respect has to be earned not demanded. If an individual demands respect they are not someone that deserves it, and unfortunately will not get it from me. Now lets get back to the bigger question, why is it that people feel it is necessary to drive while under the influence? We have a fairly large oil patch region, and they are in what they call spring break up. The definition of Spring break up is that the oil companies do not work as much, if at all as. The land and roads are too soft to move around on because of the spring thaw. These guys work hard all winter, and feel that they need to play hard in the spring. Now I am all for letting these guys party until they blow bubbles in their spit, but get the picture people that does not give you a blanket license to climb into a 1/2 of ton of metal and plastic and drive it at speeds that are not controllable. WAKE UP PEOPLE with the education on drinking and driving that the Government and other special interest groups do, there should not be one impaired driver EVER!!! Now I can hear the bleeding heart Liberals now! Loosen up people make mistakes! Yes I will even buy into that idea, but impaired driving is not a mistake. You made a conscious decision to drive. I heard a good one here a while back. It is the cab companies fault. I awaited with intrepidation to hear the rational of this one. The person went on to say if you have to wait 45 - 60 minutes for a cab people are going to take the chance and drive. My answer to that is have you ever thought about calling a friend or walking or just waiting that time frame. I am not sure that people realize that impaired operation of a motor vehicle will net you a criminal record. Now all of a sudden your job may be jeopardized, your future is going to be different in so many ways. People have to start making drinking and driving socially unacceptable like maybe assaulting women. Our Justice system needs to have more of bite to it when these people come before them. Lastly people need to be treated like murders when they hurt or kill someone while under the influence. So a raise of 28% in the last few months of impaired drivers is unacceptable, but I hope that eventually the message will get out that peoples lives are more important then a few dollars poured down your gullet on a night out . Next time you see a cop in Medicine Hat thank him or her for making our streets a little safer to travel. Maybe more people need to push to have the heat turned up in their communities, and driving under the influence would become a thing of the past!

That is just my opinion, and I maybe wrong!

"Quote of the Year"
You know the world is going crazy when the best rapper is a white guy, the best golfer is a black guy, the tallest guy in the NBA is Chinese, the Swiss hold the America's Cup, France is accusing the U.S. of arrogance, Germany doesn't want to go to war, and the two most powerful men in America are named Bush and Dick.
Click here to read the story that sparked this rant in the first place.

Cheers from:
The 400LB Gorilla

1 comment:

bacabbie said...

Yes, society went mad years ago,my friend!!
I agree 100% with the drunk driving argument.Being a cab driver for 20 years we have had several calls from impaired drivers who got caught to "Thank" us for not showing up at the bar to pick them up. When you have 100 people or more piling out of the bars at 3 am at the same time, it's hard to get the ones who actually call in. One way to avoid this is call to be picked up around the corner at the post office or such. It works quite well. Don't you dare take your ignorance out on us and blame us because you made the conscious choice to drive. Taxi driving is thankless enough already without this kind of crap added to it.