OPENING NOTES

A SOBERING ANNIVERSARY

JOE CHIDLEY December 12 1994
OPENING NOTES

A SOBERING ANNIVERSARY

JOE CHIDLEY December 12 1994

A SOBERING ANNIVERSARY

JOE CHIDLEY

aybe people are getting the point. On Dec. 1,1969, the federal government implemented a law that relired all suspected drunk drivers to undergo •eathalyser tests. Over the following 25 :ars, while police at1974 ntion to the problem is increased through iot-check programs, e rate of impairediving offences has iarply decreased, ittressed by Bill Cl in 1985, which ughened sentences

and broadened Criminal Code offences for impaired driving, the trend towards fewer drunk drivers on the roads seems to be continuing still. Last year, for instance, 117,567 impaired-driving incidents were reported by police across Canada, compared with 132,377 in 1992—an 11-per-cent decline.