Y2K and drunks

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Glitch sends drivers wrong warnings

Monday, January 17, 2000

Halifax -- Hundreds of provincial drivers with old drunk-driving convictions were accidentally sent curt reminders to mend their ways.

"We hope that you realize the consequences of this inappropriate behaviour and drive responsibly in the future," Paul Arsenault, Registry of Motor Vehicles compliance director, said in the letter sent recently to about 3,000 people.

The letter was supposed to go to drivers with suspended licences. However, a pre-Y2K computer glitch meant as many as 600 drivers with old convictions -- or none at all -- also received the letter. CP


-- Martin Thompson (mthom1927@aol.com), January 17, 2000


Thanks for the chuckle, Martin!

It's easy to laugh when I'm not the person on the receiving end. Otherwise, opening that letter and reading about my "innapropriate behavior" would invoke a different response than laughter.

I find it amazing how we as a people don't take Y2k problems seriously until they affect us personally.

-- Lee maloney (leemaloney@hotmail.com), January 17, 2000.

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