Should public drunks be fined?Watch
Plastic surgeon Peter Mahaffey believes police should carry breathalysers and fine those three times over the drink-drive limit.
The government has rejected the idea. They say the existing powers of police to fine people between £50 and £80 if they are drunk and disorderly are sufficient - although under Mr Mahaffey's plans they would not need to be causing a nuisance to be punished.
Is this a fair way to tackle drunken behaviour? Do you think the existing laws are working or do we need tougher penalties as suggested by Mr Mahaffey? Are there better ways to curb excessive drinking?
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It's the daftest suggestion I've heard in a long time. What will police do with these drunk people once they've detained them? Are we going to build new cells onto every police station in the country? They are often full to bursting already. The last thing the police service needs in this country is to spend tons of effort and time arresting people who aren't causing a menace to society. Let them catch actual criminals.
What I want to know, however, is why anyone is giving this obvious lunatic the time of day. Well done, he's a plastic surgeon - I'm sure that's nice for him, but exactly what legal training does he have? Does he have any sort of qualifications in sociology? Is he a particularly astute observer of the human condition? Hell, does he even know a bloody thing about policing? I sincerely doubt it. So the question arises: why is he being given this great platform what which to air his thoroughly ill-considered and down-right idiotic views?
Or is it simply more BBC scaremongering - pretending things like this are serious proposals?
Not a bad idea - its just not safe to be strolling around on the streets highly drunk - why wait for them to hurt someone (or themselves) before the deterrant comes into play?
Sorry, but three times over the drink drive limit apparently equates to about a bottle and a half of wine. I've drank more than that at lunch when I have classes in the afternoon.
The govt. have already refused it, and personally I can't see them reconsidering. I mean for one thing, think of the tax they'd be missing out on if people didn't drink as much... and I think despite popular belief, the govt do have at least some concept of 'freedom' for people to do as they wish, as long as it doesn't hurt anyone else. Hence its rejection.
How about we do the sensible thing, and fine people when they actually do something wrong as a result ofbeing drunk? Like I don't know - public urination or getting into fights.
The act of being drunk on its own is not illegal, alcohol is legal. Why don't you just fine people who walk through parks because that's where rapists are most likely to hang out, while you're at it.