Monday, 10 October 2011

Nov 15/10 letter to Editor published in Vancouver Sun


Variables mean not everyone can have a couple of drinks with dinner and safely drive

Vancouver Sun
Mon Nov 15 2010
Page: A10
Section: Letters
Byline: Carolyn Keay
Source: Vancouver Sun 

I don't think you need to change the new drinking driving laws; it is probably good the public is scared to drink and drive because of these penalties. What needs to be done is to make it easier to go out to dinner or to a local pub without driving. We have tried to take a cab, but there are not enough of them available at night. I am not interested in taking a bus at night (in south Surrey, where we live, there are no buses anyway). When we go out, we prefer local restaurants, a 10 or 15 minute drive. Taking a cab involves a 40-minute wait to get picked up and a constant busy signal trying to call a cab to get home. There is no standing on the street to flag a cab like in downtown Vancouver. So either give us more cabs or allow restaurants and pubs to run their own shuttle services, then we can all abide by the law, and reduce fatalities caused by drinking and driving.
Carolyn Keay

Edition: Final
Story Type: Letter
Length: 175 words
Idnumber: 201011150016 

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