Originally Posted by Scary Des
Simon you are missing the point
It isnít the same issue as on the roads:-
There are 27million cars in the UK and only half a million boats.
Cars have to travel on road where they are often only a few feet apart boat have the whole ocean.
As most merchant navy people will tell you if you donít look out the window for half an hour you are unlikely to hit someone in a car half a second is unsafe.
And what makes you think that the drink driving laws work
with more cars and less Police statistically less drunks are going to get caught.
I think Doug has it right, there is too much law and we are too keen to add more
Sorry Des, I really can't agree with you, except agreeing that the road and the sea are not the same!
If you suddenly feel unwell at the wheel of a car, you can pull over. A minor shunt remains just that, not a possible sinking it would be at sea. And road surfaces rarely move, do not tend to have waves, your car is not affected by wind, tides, etc.
I agree that road drink/driving is poorly policed, but that's an argument for policing it better, not forgetting about the principle behind the law!
And as for not looking out of the window for half an hour and still being safe, in the open sea I agree - but try doing that through Dover TSS in fog, or off the Casquets, or in the Solent. You will hit loads!!
Or of course, you just end up hitting a lighthouse or the coast! It happens - remember Exxon Valdiz? Drink was a major part in that disaster...