High-speed cars meet alcohol

From Chris Shelmerdine, Tretower, Wales

Archbishop Salvadore Cordileone, who was caught for driving under the influence of alcohol (report and editorial, September 5), is just the latest victim of the scandalously illogical behaviour of every government I know of.

"...limit the maximum mechanically possible speed of all vehicles to that which accords with the legal speed limits..."

They all mischievously impose speed limits and blood-alcohol limits on the one hand, and then recklessly permit the licensing of high-speed vehicles on public roads, and accessibility to drive them by persons, drunk or sober, emerging from pubs and their own drink cabinets aiming to get home or to the next party as fast as possible.

Until this lunacy is exposed and halted, the number of offences and frequent carnage can only continue – or, indeed, increase.

The solution is very simple and cheap: limit the maximum mechanically possible speed of all vehicles to that which accords with the legal speed limits and with the ability of the average driver to handle a vehicle when somewhat intoxicated.

The benefits to other citizens, both social and economic, would far outweigh the frustrations of drunk or ambitious drivers.

  • http://www.marknelza.com Mark Nel

    I couldn’t agree with the writer more. Vehicles should be governed so that there maximum speed achievable, if the vehicle is to be licensed for use on public roads, does not exceed, for example 140 km/h. That allows a degree of tolerance for instances where one may need to travel slightly quicker, but significantly reduces the ability to drive at excessive speeds.

    If you want a vehicle that is ungoverned and can travel at speeds quicker, then you better buy it for use of a race track and tow it there before driving it.

    We have all that speed is the greatest killer. Take away speed = Reduced Road Death

  • http://www.marknelza.com Mark Nel

    By the way, and I once wrote a blog in this regard, exceeding the speed limit, using a cell phone while driving, allowing your kids to drive before they have their drivers licence, not wearing a seat belt, etc., are, I believe, venial sins and should be included in our daily examination of conscience.

  • Vincent Couling

    I’m really not convinced that Bishop Cordileone is a “victim” in this instance. We all know that driving while under the influence of alcohol is gravely dangerous: “Drunk Driving is one of the biggest threats to Road Safety in South Africa. Research indicates that 50% of people who die on the roads have a blood alcohol concentration above 0.05 gram per 100 millilitres.” ( http://www.arrivealive.co.za/pages.aspx?i=1259 .) Drunk American Bishops are no exception … any ontological change that occurs at ordination has to do with being filled by a different kind of spirit, and does nothing to improve driving reactions when drunk.

    Rightly or wrongly, our post-modern society treats adults as adults. We are expected to respect human life from the cradle to the grave. We are expected to drive responsibly. We are most definitely expected to never drive while drunk! Bishop Cordileone could have asked his Mother to drive the car from the party (she was in it with him at the time of his arrest) … unless she too was under the influence. In fact, Bishop Cordileone should have simply called for a taxi. There is absolutely no excuse for his having intentionally endangered the lives of others. Bishop Cordileone is not a victim. Fortunately for him, he didn’t kill anyone on the way home … for they would have been the real victim.

    Let us Christians strive to live out our faith //by example// (rather than by empty rhetoric) … let us drive under the influence of the Holy Spirit, rather than methylated spirits. After all, from those to whom much has been given, much is expected … and from those to whom much has been entrusted, even more is expected.

    A very great deal has been entrusted to Bishop Cordileone … he is Archbishop elect of the Archdiocese of San Francisco! He must remember that a very great deal is to be expected of him!

  • Gus

    “Let us drive under the influence of the Holy Spirit, rather than methylated spirits.”

    Vincent that is simply the best item yet to emerge from your ample store of rhetoric. I’m still laughing…

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