At The Times.
Of much greater importance, though, is what such lower limits will do to our opinion of the law in general. A pint at lunchtime could put you over that 20mg limit in the evening commute. A law that punished a man for driving after a pint of shandy would be regarded widely as silly. Such a law would be to the detriment of our reputation as a law-abiding people, a reputation built on the general agreement that we aren’t scofflaws because we tend not to have laws at which we scoff. We most certainly do not want to make the drink-driving laws an object of derision — not after the past few painful decades of convincing everyone that the ones we have are sensible and reasonable.
When there was as an attempt to reduce the permitted level of alcohol consumed in Portugal, the bus drivers took action. They drove in convoy through Lisbon and surrounding towns, bringing the traffic to a halt. The reduction in the limit was scrapped once they had pointed out that it would have abolished every Portuguese man’s God-given right to a copa of vinho with his lunch.
Yes, there really are things that Johnny Foreigner can teach us. Not how to reduce deaths on the road perhaps, but the correct way to react to politicians passing stupid laws.