LETTER: Cops can’t judge drunk drivers

2016-01-26 06:00

It is high time that we stopped blaming drunk drivers for the road carnage. As an ex-policeman Keith Blake should be well aware of the pitfalls of a policeman’s observations (“Drunk drivers are murderers”, People’s Post, 19 January).

Policemen and witnesses are not qualified to make such judgements and that was why it became mandatory to do blood tests. The fact that the forensics teams are unable to do their job in a timely fashion is the fault of the justice system. Penalising and jailing someone who isn’t actually guilty of an offence could lead to the policeman being sued.

Statistically, one is much more likely to be killed or injured by a sober driver than a drunk one. Today the major causes of accidents are inattention, drivers texting and other distractions, according to American statistics. Not the red herring of so-called drunk drivers.

It is high time that society stops blaming drunk drivers who haven’t actually had an accident and focused on those who are the real problem.

Brian Hoare, Plumstead

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