Q You and your reader Philip Roan both miss the point of never being a drunken driver.
Rudy Van Pelt
A Philip wrote in saying: "It is common knowledge that a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 or greater is considered drunk. However, I have no idea how to know what a BAC of 0.08 feels like. I'm sure there have been times when my BAC is higher than that (I should emphasize that I mean while consuming, not while driving). My issue is that there is not an easy way to determine if one is fit to drive after consuming alcohol."
To which Rudy has this to say:
Q It is not guesswork at all if you are diligent and stick to a tough standard. Throughout my adult life, my wife and I have never had a drink and then driven. If I have a drink, even just one, I do not drive until the next day. Period. No exceptions. That is the only way to absolutely avoid guesswork as to whether a person is too drunk to drive.
One drink, and you put away your keys for the night. If you need to call a friend or a taxi because the situation changes, then you do so. If you have to call a friend to walk home with you in the middle of the night, you do so.
The reason we do this is to avoid any possibility that an accident is even partly due to drinking and driving. If you are in an accident after only one drink, you may be legal but the alcohol might still be a factor. If we are in an accident, we know for certain that alcohol had nothing to do with it. No guesswork in that.
Rudy Van Pelt
A Ah, Rudy. I so admire you. And on New Year's Eve, I hope everyone reads your comments and designates a driver if out celebrating the arrival of 2013.
Here is one reason to heed his advice: Statewide, 1,170 drivers were arrested by the CHP for driving under the influence this Christmas period, up from last year, when the CHP made 980 DUI arrests.
And 39 people were killed on all roads, nearly three times more than last year's total of 14.
Q Can you get the word out that many highway fatalities occur because people don't always put on their seat belts? Especially this time of year. We will be out New Year's Eve and no one will be allowed in our car without buckling up.
A Will do. Of 22 people killed on CHP-monitored state roads over the Christmas holiday period this year, 12 were not wearing seat belts.
I saw something for the first time one day. Stuck behind a crash on Highway 101, a guy in an SUV in front of me attaches his smartphone to a windshield mount -- with the TV activated. I hope that illegal fad doesn't catch on. It may be hands-free, but you can't watch TV.
A Eyes on the road, always.
Q Regarding readers who are against spending money for new bike lanes: They are concerned that bike riders don't pay for the new bike lanes. Boy, do I agree with them, but I want to take it even further.
We need to stop paying for pedestrian control devices, crosswalk signs, yield for pedestrian signs, and wheelchair ramps at intersections that are a complete waste of MY tax dollars. Can you imagine how much time we elite drivers could save if we didn't have to wait at a light or stop sign while waiting for a slow pedestrian or bike rider to cross MY street.
Let's just make it simple. Roads are for cars and trails are for walking and biking. OK, maybe my sarcasm gene went a little haywire this time, but I think I've made my point.
A You have.