Massively increase drink drive penalties is a start. Fines must go up. Include instant car impoundment overnight at a certain level. Make that one week then one month at higher levels. Reduce exemptions. That wont stop the drink culture but it will remove a lot of it from the roads. Then the bars will complain as many will drink at home. At least that will keep it off the road and off the pavement.
Yes, it is ambulance at the bottom of the cliff, but its an easy fix for now
Could be wrong here, but first offence drink driving is 6 months no license, is it not?
No idea, I thought any excess meant a fine and loss of licence. Now, for a responsible person who made a stupid mistake, they pay the fine, lose licence, learn a lesson. For the ones that are no hopers, they wont pay the fine, they will drive the car. A TV news item a while back was about boy racers. Heaps of fines, one had 30k worth, still smiling. Impoundment will hurt and be a major inconvenience, and they have to pay storage etc. dads car, tough, work car there would need to be some form of release for that. It needs to be tough.
There's a lower limit these days with a non-criminal fine ($200?) / 50 demerit points, for driving with 250-400 mcg (IIRC equivalent to 50-80 mg blood alcohol).
TBH, I think this thread would be better if it stuck with the impact of alcohol in general - rather than focus on driving. Absolutely not endorsing slackness on drink driving, but I think it's reasonably argued that driving at just over the present alcohol limit (but staying under the speed limit) just as likely to die or kill someone else in an accident as you are when speeding by 5-10 km/h, yet the former is treated much more harshly than the latter. Somewhere there's a study commissioned by the LTSA giving the details of that. There are plenty of causes of serious accidents, alcohol is one of them. IIRC increased risk for a driver over 30 with a blood alcohol at the limit of causing an accident is just under 20%. Increased road policing is possibly the answer. I've been driving for over 40 years - have been random breath-tested only once, in the middle of the day.