Thank you both for your testimony. I have to confess it's been a bit of a break from our constitutional wrangling so I appreciate your focus on public education and the long-standing work of SADD. I did work with SADD 20-some years ago as a student government president. You weren't around then, but thank you for keeping the flame going.
Mr. Paris, I'm going to ask you five quick questions. I'll do something similar with you, Mr. Lee.
I'll give a little preamble. My nephew, Ethan, turns 16 tomorrow. He's going to be driving within weeks. Uncle Randy and him have had this conversation and we're going to continue to have this conversation. His sister is 14 and the littlest one is nine. We have this conversation as a family about staying safe on the road and making sure that friends are safe. I'm trying to play with a little “If you're high, bye-bye. I'm not getting in the car with you.” What's the next slogan?
If you're at health committee you know that the legislation is very restrictive. That's the whole point. We're legalizing it because what we've done for 40 years hasn't worked and it's extremely strict legislation. If Bill Blair were here, he might tell you that's what we learned from looking at other jurisdictions.
Mr. Paris, I didn't hear anything about our actual pieces of impaired driving in this legislation. Is it your opinion that mandatory roadside testing will keep people who are offending while behind the wheel off the roads because the police will catch them? Do you think it's an effective tool?