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The varied consequences of drunk driving in different countries

Drinking and driving in any form of transportation is a recipe for calamity, so it is little wonder the authorities in many countries look down upon this behavior with grim disdain.

At best, drunk driving can result in damage to property like trees, telephone poles, fences, the occasional domicile, et cetera. At worst it costs innocent lives, bereaving their relatives, while frequently the inebriated perpetrator emerges unscathed. That’s when the law steps in.

In Australia, not only are you arrested, but local newspapers are also notified, and print the names of offenders under a heading reading He’s Drunk and in Jail. We don’t think this is meant to imply they serve cocktails in lockup Down Under.

In Malaysia, if incarcerated for drunk driving, a man’s wife is jailed along with him. In this situation we suspect it is in no way a conjugal arrangement.

In post-apartheid South Africa, motoring after martinis can land you in prison for 10 years along with a fine of $10,000. If that sort of sanction was enacted in the US, we could revive the construction industry having it build drinker’s prisons full time for years

Around the world, in the Asian nation of Turkey, drunk drivers are taken 20 miles outside of town and forced to walk back under police escort (who most likely are riding in a car). From what we know of dedicated drinkers, this might be an effective form of behavior modification – we don’t know many lushes that like hiking at all.

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Seriously... why is it illegal to be drunk while "driving" a wheelchair, skateboard, etc? Who are you going to hurt? In my view, if the only possible serious victim of your stupidity is yourself, then there's no point in having a law against whatever the activity is. Really. If the worst that can happen while you're drunk on a skateboard is you fall into traffic and get killed by a car.. who cares? Having cops enFORCE this kind of stupid lawmaking is ludicrous. It's for this reason that they don't bother investigating real crime. When was the last time a cop investigated a stolen car stereo, parking lot vandalism, or a mugging? Ya, none of those result in revenue for the department, so they aren't interested. Writing tickets and bolstering arrest numbers by going after victimless crimes is where it's at nowdays.
Hurting yourself could cost the public, reason enough for citing you. So far walking isn't classified as 'WUI'
If we're going to use that justification, "could cost the public," then EVERYTHING becomes a legitimate excuse to throw you in jail. Like drinking soda? Sorry, could cause you to get an ulcer or have a heart attack, so it's illegal now. Enjoy beef jerky? Sorry, contributes to heart disease and can cause other health issues. Illegal. Like to walk to the park on a Sunday afternoon? Woops, you could fall and hurt yourself doing that. No longer legal. Like to cut your own food into bite-sized bits while eating? Uh oh, that knife is dangerous, you could hurt yourself. Sorry, outlawed. Think bungee jumping is fun? DOH! It's dangerous, you could get hurt! Illegal. Working out? Playing baseball? Trampolines for the kiddies? Nope, nope, and nope. All illegal now. Where would it end?

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