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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 5, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 22 tHE IETH8RIDGE HERAID Monday, June 5, 1972 Hope to cut numb fir of offences i.C. gets tougli with impaired drivers VICTORIA (CP) Tlie Brit- ish Columbia government today embarked on a get-tough pro- gram which it hopes will drasti- cally reduce the number of drinking drivers in the province. Amendments to the Motor Ve- hicle Act, which were passed at this year's session of the B.C. legislature and became effec- tive todpy, provide for mane! a tory licence suspensions for those convicted of impaired driving. Under the legislation, an auto- matic one-month suspension will bo imposed on a driver con- victed for the first time under the Criminal Code of Canada for impaired driving, driving with a bloixl alcohol level above .03 and for failing to take a breath analysis test when requested to do so by a peace officer. On the second or subsequent conviction for one of these of- fences occurring witliin five years the suspension is to be for at elast six months and possibly more depending on ilie decision of the B.C. superintendent o! motor vehicles. NO EXCEPTIONS The amended acl allows for no exceptions. There are no par- tial suspensions for those who need their licences for t h e i r livelihood. Following a B.C. Appeals Court ruling in May, 1971 that the superintendent of motor ve- hicles did not have the authority to automatically suspend driv- ers licences, the courts havo been granting the more lenient purtial suspensions. The section providing for ono mmitti suspensions for first of- fenders is intended to plug this legal loophole and give the pro- vincial motor vehicle branch tho authority to extend mandatory licence suspensions. The section dealing with sec- ond offenders is new and gives the branch the option on when to return a licence to a person found fiuilty of a subsequent in- fraction. During debate on the amend- ments in the course of the legis- lative session, the government came under heavy fire b o t h from its own members those of the opposition for its refusal to extend any leniency to those who need their licences to make a living. Attorney General Leslie Pe- terson showed little sympathy, saying that he had heard all the arguments and "excuses" be- fore and luul considered them all before deciding on tho "harsh" approach to drinking drivers. Hay Ifadfieid, B.C. superin tendent of motor vehicles, pressed in a recent interview on whether the laws will bo unfair to the person who drives for a living, replied: "I don't feel sorry about that. Not a darn bit. Not when my family or your family are on the highway and are at stake with these people." Sir. Hadfield said there must be other parallel situations hi vlricli people have to ensure heir ability to work. Uke the doctor. I would hate o have him operating on my wife tlie morning after he's been out oil a jag. "Don't some of these people have to do somelliing lo protect their ability to work? I think so and if driving down the highway is necessary, well I think this is what they've got lo learn to do There is iiotlu'ng else they un- derstand." Mr. Hadfield said there were 633 highway fatalities in 1971 and the motor vehicle branch operates under the assumption :hat about 50 per cent of these involved a drinking driver. As of the end of April this year there were 152 people who be- came highway statistics, com- pared wiih 132 at the same time last year. CHARGES INCREASING Last year there were impaired driving charges laid, compared with about tho previous year. Will the new regulations im- prove this statistical picture? "Well, we've got to think so. We've got to think that if people value their drivers licences that they're going to do something about it. If (hey don't care then we've got a pretty sick situation whereby drivers don't mind whether they lose their' jobs or what." Mr. Hadfield believes that B.C. is the "taildragger" in leg- islation to help curb impaired driving. Bicycling injuries, deaths climb as bike sales rise 'British Columbians have got off pretty lightly in the ie said, in compnrison to resi- dents of other provinces. Another added clause in the new amendments states that if a driver is convicted of im- paired driving in any other province or a state in tho United States, his licence auto- matically will be suspended in B.C. Mr. Hadfield said this section merely makes law what the branch has been doing on a dis- cretionary basis in the past. The reason behind the law is that a person with a B.C. drivers lic- ence must behave responsibly on highways outside the prov- ince as well as (hose at home. he said. The brunt of the new regula- tions will be directed at the re- peaters there were last year. "We arc finding an alarming number of people who aro heavy users of alcohol among the second Mr. Had- field said. A person who is convicted of impaired driving for the second time will not be given his lic- ence back until either his doctor or a spokesman for an organiza- tion dealing with the rehabilita- tion of problem drinkers states that the person is reforming his drinking habits. Liquor price hike suggested to help combat alcoholism TORONTO (CP) A study prepared by the Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Research Foundation suggests that the price of cheap wine be doubled and the cost o[ beer increased by 50 per cent to help combat alcoholism. The study, prepared for pres- entation today at a sponsored course on alcohol and other drugs at Carleton Univer- sity, Ottawa, adds that higher prices for all other kinds of li- quor also should be considered. The study, released today in Toronto, suggests that the in- creased prices would make it too expensive to get drunk reg- ularly, especially on beer and recommending spe- wine. Without cific increases for other alcohol- ic beverages, the foundation says the prices should be high enough to make the regular tav- ern patron cut back his cock- tails to one-ounce shots from two. The three researchers, who prepared the report for the pro- vincial government foundation, say most countries have found that higher prices lead to lower rates of consumption and less alcoholism and deaths from cirrhosis of the liver. They say in the report thai sharp price increases would en- counter "formidable political and emotional obstacles" and suggest the government would need to introduce an education program to make people realiza it was trying lo keep them off skid road. The Popham, Wolfgang Schmidt and Jan not relayed their study to either the federal or provincial government yet. HOLD LAND Tire Montreal town planning department estimates that spec- ulators hold about acres in the city's metropolitan area. MONTREAL (CP) Bicy- cling injuries and deaths are climbing as bicycle sales sky- rocket and the "bicycle revolu- tion" sweeps the country, the Canadian Safety Council was told here. In the last 10 years, the num- ber of cycling injuries reported has climbed to from annually, while deaths have Jumped to 170 from 62, said Edwin H. Brezina, head of human, social and environmen- tal factors research of the On- tario department of transporta- tion and communications. Mr. Brezina told a bicycle safety panel at the council's fourth annual conference that injuries and deaths have in- creased 25 and 35 per cent re- spectively in the last year. This coincided with the phenomenal increase in bicycle popularity another panelist de- scribed as a "bicycle revolu- tion." Keith Thompson of Toronto, product manager for wheel goods at C.C.M. Inc., said bicy- cle manufacturers cannot meet demand. An estimated bicycles would be sold in Can- ada this year. "Nobody in this country or abroad can keep up with de- said Mr. Thompson. C.C.M., a subsidiary of Seaway Multicorp Ltd., is the only Ca. nadian manufacturer of bicy- cles. He estimated there are be- tween five and six million bicy- cles in Canada. CONCERN OVER SAFETY The bicycle's increased popu- larity has sparked concern over bicycle safety, including riding habits, safety legislation and manufacturers' safety stand- ards. Mr. Thompson said some of the problems could be elimi- nated by setting up a national bicycle manufacturer's safety code to ensure all bicycles sold in Canada meet safe structural i He said his company, In co- requirements. legislation could also be in- troduced to require that bicy- cles used at night carry ade- quate lighting and that all bicy- cles have provisions for light re- flectors. operation with the safety coun- cil, federal government, and other safety groups, now is working on national safety standards to be modelled on standards set up last year in tho United States. Greater role ior -women in public service urged OTTAWA (CP) John Car- son, federal public service commission chairman, called Thursday for a greater role for women, the young, French-Can.-.dians and native people in the federal govern- ment bureaucracy. There is no way the govern- ment service can claim to represent Canadian society if it remains while, male, mid- dle-aged and English-speak- ing, Mr. Carson told a meet- ing of the Public Personnel Association. There has to be a better break for women in the public service to correct the findings of recent reports on the role of women in government, he said. Women have to move from the lower levels to the middle and senior manage- ment levels. He said that, for women to reach the higher levels of the civil service, many would have to change their attitudes toward what jobs are suitable for each of the s e x e s. "Women have to break out of their lower level ghettos and try for the higher he said. This would mean an obvious major effort to alter present male and female images, he added. Middle-aged bureaucrats who grew up with "Horatio Algcr concepts" during the depression and wars of the first half-century will have to "get their heads out of the sand before their rear ends are kicked." Two million young Canadi- ans entering the labor force are bringing a new set of de- mands to their jobs which will be the basis for a new work morality, he predicted. Mr. Carson said senior civil servants will have to meet the challenges of these young peo- ple by ensuring that work is relevant and does not waste the itme of subordinates. "Sometimes I wonder if middle-aged managers forget what a thrill it is to do mean- ingful he said. If there is intellectual dis- honesty, concealment, and confusion of issues in the civil service, "we have only our- selves to blame if it is only the corruptible slobs who stay Mr. Carson said. Mr. Carson, 52, also said he was disappointed at the lack of response to legislation which permits retirement at 55 with- out loss of pension payments. 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