Yesterday I learned about a low-income family whose mother works caring for the elderly. Her partner runs her to work in the morning. They are stopped and he is breath-tested. He's over the limit and loses his licence for 6 months. She can't drive. She has to now scrounge around trying to get lifts to her workplace.
The law is the law and if someone is driving over-the-limit there is little to be said in their defense, but I do question where and when these road blocks are set up. For instance, there is a regular cohort at the bottom of the Wainui Hill Road on a Saturday morning. It is rather difficult to avoid them because there is only one way in and out of Wainuiomata. The police obviously figure that these are people the most likely to have been drinking the night before and off to work or sport on a Saturday morning. Low income people, some of whom stayed home drinking the night before to avoid drinking and driving, and who have jobs, unlike their benefit dependent bros still in bed.
I have never seen a roadblock checking high income people coming out of the Eastern Bays, another one-way-in, one-way-out area. Funny that. Aye.
December 5 in history
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