It’s somewhat petty to point out this kind of sloppy editing and writing, but when it comes in the form of an op-ed from the newspaper, it’s hard to resist pointing out the obvious.
From today’s Independent Record editorial on decreasing DUIs in Montana:
And don’t even get me started on this paragraph:
Really? Law enforcement tested 78% of all drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists in 2011? They must have missed me.
Comma issues, nonsensical writing, and your basic usage aside, the editorial makes almost no sense. After conceding that drivers are impaired at a BAC as low as .05, the editorial argues that we should focus instead on educating drivers.
How about we do both? After all, according to the NTSB, it would save lives:
The NTSB reports that at .05 BAC, some drivers begin having difficulties with depth perception and other visual functions. At .07, cognitive abilities become impaired.
At .05 BAC, the risk of having an accident increases by 39 percent. At .08 BAC, the risk of having an accident increases by more than 100 percent.
The NTSB believes that if all 50 states changed their standard to .05, nearly 1,000 lives could be saved each year.
It’s certainly possible that there is an argument against decreasing the DUI threshold to .05, but this piece definitely doesn’t make it.