With the Christmas almost upon us I would like to share a personal experience with you about drinking and driving.
As you may know the local police are having a serious go at Drink Drivers this year..
Well, a couple of days ago I was out for an evening with friends and had a small number of drinks before dinner, followed by some rather nice red wine. Feeling jolly I still had the sense to know that I may be very slightly over the limit.
That's when I did something that I've never done before - I took a taxi home.
Sure enough on the way home there was a police road check, but since it was a taxi they waved it past. I arrived home safely without incident.
This was a real surprise as I had never driven a taxi before, I don't know where I got it and now that it's in my garage I don't know what to do with it.
That's a joke of course... but seriously, if you do go out and drink, take a cab or have a designated driver.
Little known fact that I just found out a few weeks ago. In the British Virgin Islands, drinking and driving is not against the law.
That blew my mind.
I was in the same predicament as you Simon but I decided to take a bus home in the small hours of the morning. So I broke into the local bus depot and there were dozens of buses I could choose from. I checked them all over but had to walk home in the end because I couldn't find one going to my area of town.
I expect if I broke in again I'd find three in a row all going to my street. Just my luck! I blame Satan. Or Old Blakey.
Or Old Blakey.
Your are showing your age. LOL.
You got me!
Great story, I'm gonna share it.
in the UK those of us of a certain age get a free bus pass. i use mine regularly--even though i have two cars ready to go.
saturday nights i often go out --meet friends--and have a few drinks. excellent regular bus service---very well used by many. and free for me.
but there are still a few selfish idiots who think they can get away with it. best locked up.
Timely advice Simon. The life we save might be our own, not to mention loved ones and/or innocent bystanders. Take a cab!
Lovely Simon very good hahhaha
Also, if you have been drinking heavily, do NOT drive the next morning.
My brother-in-law was a heavy drinker, but never drank and drove. He always left the car at home. One Sunday morning, after partying the night before, he went to pick up his kids from a sleepover. He had an accident, a woman died, and he went to jail. He was still buzzed from the night before - it takes time for the alcohol to be processed by your body. He was 'lucky' that he ended up with several years house arrest (first-time offender), BUT he has to live with the guilt for the rest of his life. He is a broken man, and two children lost their mother.
Be careful out there! Have a safe holiday season.
I wasn't going to share this, but if this serves as a lesson for someone, here it goes:
I had a DWI in the last 5 years. In a nutshell:
Was home one night having a nice red wine, when i received a text from friend begging me to meet him at a bar. Drove to the bar where i met him and had a few beers, followed by stumbling on folks i knew which insisted on some shots, followed by a few more beers.
At the end of the night, fully aware that i was over the limit, i made the terrible decision to drive home, after all, i was only 10 minutes away.... right?
Got in my car and got on the road and within 30 seconds there was a fork on the road. I simply could not remember which way i should take. If i had taken right, it would have been a short straight drive home. I took the left. This took me to the center of some town i was not familiar with.
Here i was... 3 am, lost, and fully aware i was drunk behind the wheel. Common sense says... stop, cut your losses and call a cab, right? Not for me, i evidently insisted on f*cking up that night. Instead i kept driving, looking in a panic for the way back to the road i knew. About a mile later, i could see some cars behind me on my mirror but seemed fairly certain it was not a cop car. Then i realized i shouldn't take an exit and crossed over a solid line to the center lane to go straight.
As the blinking lights of a police car began to flicker on my rear view mirror, i knew already i was going to have a very long night... and i did.
Most people don't realize all the repercussions of a DWI:
7 months without a license, followed by 1 year of a breathalyzer installed in my car. My insurance dropped me immediately after this, and the new rates were very high. I couldnt rent a car except for one company which doesn't check driving record. I had to pay 1000/year motor vehicle surcharge for 3 years. I even heard that I can potentially be blocked at the border if i try to visit Canada.
The only positive thing about this, is that I happen to live in a state where a DWI is not a criminal offense, but only a traffic ticket, so my criminal record is still clean.
Please don't make the same mistake folks.