Only in America will you find the attitude that guns and drinking and driving are not just constitutionally protected, but even Biblical commandment. Clearly it is America which is out of step with the vast majority of the civilized world and even a number of lesser countries.
The Bible (KJV 1611): " Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears" and Jesus turning water to wine. Only in the U.S. will you find this twisted to mean the Constitutional "Founding Father's" intent with regard to a citizen's militia to apply to citizen possession of high capacity assault rifles and concealed handguns (both I personally owned previously and which if ever I had cause to live in the lower 48, I would probably own again)
Should the law side with proactive protection of the public that would criminalize someone from getting hammered on alcohol and then blasting away if no one was injured, no property was damaged and uncompensated? What if someone was afraid when they saw someone in proximity wearing a "hoodie". (only in Florida?)
Drinking and driving should not go together anymore than good ole boys huntin' with a case of beer and a case of shotgun shells and not returning home until both are spent. "I know my limits is like I can always hit the side of a barn no matter how drunk I am. Well if I was only a little impaired, I know when I can drive and when I should not...well maybe without an impairment, your reflexes would have been sharp enough to avoid an accident that the cause was not their own creation. Responsible people would not get behind a loaded gun, not behind a vehicle wheel when there is any impairment. Anyone who thinks a blood alcohol level below a .08 does not affect coordination, reaction times etc. is contrary to scientific testing.
Whether it be alcohol, prescription drugs or other mood management substances, the roadways are shared by children, grandmothers, small animal pets not to mention moose and bison all that deserve better than dodging impaired drivers. Combinations of chasing a few Lortabs with a handful of beers are playing a lottery of facing an ugly one day of reckoning. Would you want a young daughter walking along the roadway filled with drivers that "knew their limits". Based on medical science, the laws of a vast majority of countries say that a level of .05 is too great an impairment. Sweden has a completely different culture of drinking and has long had a low limit of .02. Some countries like Russia (isn't half the country drunk on vodka or homemade hooch) doesn't permit anything above 0.00. Providers of spirits, partakers of drink plan accordingly and simply don't drink when they are planning to drive and never drive when they drink.
When tragedy touches close to your life, it can certainly shape your attitude and behavior. When I was young and like so many others, "young and bulletproof", I was a designated driver back before that term was coined. I was "chauffer" to a group of popular party girls who loved to bar hop. They felt liberated, free of concern of ending the evening wrapped around a tree or smashed against a brick wall. Bar tenders loved me and provided all the food and any beverages I desired and thanked me for my consideration. I'd remind them that I was motivated not just for their benefit, but also for all the people they shared the road with. The casual attitude and permissiveness of drunk driving has touched my life a number of times. When still in elementary school, two brothers I knew had stopped to change a flat tire for a lady. They were sideswiped and killed by a woman with a long string of DUI arrests, she had even killed someone previously. She lost her license that time, but continued to drive drunk until she finally killed herself and only one other person (her third incident, fourth casualty). Soon after I graduated, my future plans changed when my best friend and business partner died in a head on crash when a repeat offender roared up a Interstate ramp the wrong way, speeding at night with her lights off. She too had killed previously with her weapon of choice, a loaded driver behind the wheel.
If Cozumel should lose a few tourists, if they should choose to not vacation anywhere in Mexico, or Canada nor any of the countries of the European Union, Thank you Jesus! We don't need any drunken, impaired or know my limit drivers and I suggest that they vacation closer to home, but it would be even better if they chose to vacation in their homes if they choose to drink. I am all for civil liberties and the freedoms to do as you wish, but once it becomes a threat and starts to impose on other people's freedom, then I draw the line there. We all deserve freedom from impaired drivers whether the impairment is from substances, cell phones or anger management problems.
The permissiveness of tourist alcohol consumption in Cozumel has affected the population and the island has long boasted the highest rate of alcoholism in Mexico. The tragic effects are seen in destroyed families. Cozumel boasts some of the highest rates of child neglect and child abuse in the country too. Substance abuse of which alcohol is tops has long had very ugly consequences to Cozumel society. The ugly side of island life that is so often ignored. American culture that dominates and culturally corrupts in so many ways presents such wonderful role models for the youth to aspire to adopt, gee, Americans get sheet faced on vacation, act stupid the least of which are the balloon hats. It is plain embarrassing, it is disgraceful. I'd applaud a zero tolerance or very limited tolerance, I think a .05 to .08 is way too high. That should be applied to everyone, locals and tourists alike. Maybe some "ruined vacations" from people getting a little time out might prevent some ruined vacations of much greater magnitude. Nothing ruins a vacation quite like going home in a body bag.