Monday, 26 May 2008

Just WOW

Laws Against Drunk Driving in Other Countries:

Australia: The names of the drivers are sent to local newspapers and areprinted under the heading "He's Drunk and in Jail."*
Malaya: The driver is jailed; if he's married, his wife is jailed too.
South Africa: A 10-year prison sentence and/or the equivalent of a $10,000 fine.
Turkey: Drunk drivers are taken ten miles from town by the police and forced to walk back under escort.*
Norway: Three weeks in jail doing hard labor, and a one-year loss of license. Second offense and license is revoked for life.
Finland and Sweden: Automatic jail for one year doing hard labor.*
Costa Rica: Police remove plates from car.*
Russia: License revoked for life.
England: One-year suspension of license, a $250 fine, and jail for one year.
France: Three-year loss of license, one year in jail, and a $1,000 fine.
Poland: Jail, fine, and forced to attend political lectures.
Bulgaria: A second conviction results in execution.*
El Salvador: This country is unique in that it has absolutely no repeat offenders: drunk driving is punishable by execution by firing squad.*
Canada: Your namby-pamby ass gets sent home to your cushy bed, and you have to go tell a judge, sometime, why you did a naughty thing. My kids get in more trouble when they chew with their mouths open at the dinner table.
*Items marked with an asterisk are the ones I especially loved. :)


Kari-Anne said...

I was going to tell you when I came from Norway to Canada that was one of the things that suprised me the most - that people would sit in a bar , drink and then drive home . I was with this Guy that got a 24 hour suspension because he was laying under his truck soooo drunk and could not drive it home . The cop is like " come back and get it tomorrow "
We have cero tollerance around that and it is very cultural . In Canada I think if you are sober enought to find your car you feel you are sober enough to drive it .. lol .. jk


Kira said...

Don't I know it, Kari-Anne. How many lives could be saved if we just cracked down on drunk drivers the way some of these other countries do? It's a sad, sad day when the selfishness of a drunk infringes on an innocent's right to live. There are WAY too many alternatives to driving drunk for it to ever be excusable to do so.

Angel said...

Seems some of your info is inaccurate .. in Sweden it is possible to get up to 2 years in prison though would probably be released half way through .. and there is no hard labor involved. Cannot say for Finland though.

Kira said...

Angel - I c&p'd this from a debate board, so take it for what that's worth. :) I only used to it contrast with Canada's weak-ass laws surrounding repeat offenders - we very badly need to crack down on drunk drivers.