I really don’t want to get into this politically incorrect topic but the SJ-R has forced me into it. Or maybe it’s the Illinois State Police. Look at this paragraph from the SJ-R’s “This Just In…” page on their website:
Illinois State Police Director Larry Trent called impaired driving one of America's most deadly problems. In 2004, more than 15,000 people died in highway crashes involving a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.01 or higher.0.01? Oh please. Show me where having a blood alcohol level of 0.01 caused an accident. Look, accidents happen to people who have had something to drink. Sometimes alcohol is a factor and sometimes not. I find it extremely hard to believe someone with a 0.01 level caused an accident because they had half a beer.
No one, certainly not me, is arguing that getting blasted and driving is a good idea or that it doesn’t greatly increase the chances of causing an accident. But you can go too far with this concept and, messing with statistics, make it seem like any drinking is cause for major concern. Don’t drink and drive but please don’t lie to me about the dangers of all those reckless 0.01 drivers out there either.