- Car Safety & Safe Driving
Drink and driving. It's not clever.
A Tall Tale
Quite a few years ago, I had a bad experience, back in my younger days when I played football for my local pub team. I had the usual game followed by a few pints back at the pub. We would chat and laugh about the the various events in the game and of course a couple of pints would turn into five or six. On this particular occasion I probably had the obligatory six pints when I decided to go home, walking of course. I am not stupid or so I thought.
I had missed the family dinner so I sat and watched tv for an hour or so and was getting hungry. I then got into the car and drove to a local chip shop about half a mile away. As I drove home, I was stopped by the police. Someone in the shop could smell beer on me and saw me drive away, so they reported it.
I was taken to the police station and I asked to undergo a urine test, I was taken into a small room and the sample was split so they kept a sample and I received one. I was then placed into a cell for a few hours were I could come to terms about the effect this was going to have on my life. The least penalty is an automatic twelve month driving ban in our country and I could lose my job.
After a few hours to sober up they released me. As I was walking home, I remembered that my house keys were with the car keys and they wouldn't return them till the next day. It was late now so I went back to the police station. The duty sergeant said that they was still on the table in the interview room. Unbelievably he told me to go and get them but I had to give him my car keys.
I went into the room and their copy of my sample was still on the table. I put it in my pocket and left. I couldn't believe my luck. Now they had no evidence and I had got away with it, Get in there.
The next day a police car pulled up outside our house. I was arrested and protested my innocence. They then showed me a video recording from the interview room, Well! what could I say. I asked them what the charges would be, and the police officer (completely straight faced) replied "I am arresting you for taking the piss"
That story was my attempt at humour on a very serious subject. Hundreds of people die or are injured every year on UK roads. The knock on effects on families and friends are devastating, especially at this time of year. It's not clever. If you have had a drink then DON'T DRIVE. It's as simple as that.
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