Drink Driving?

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  • #140

    pakkasham
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    Why do people do it?!
    (This is mostly a rhetorical question – unless there’s anyone here who will admit to it and is happy to explain why)
    Either on the night or the morning after, I know more people who get behind the wheel and drive than I do those who will actively not drink because they have to drive. It makes me really cross! Is it just me/the people I know?!

    #141

    Sar
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    I personally think there should be a ZERO drink/drive limit and have never an will never
    drink/drive or drive the following morning if I drank over one unit or drank it late.

    #142

    Dave
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    I dont know anyone who would do either these days-did 20 years ago or so though.

    #143

    Jessie
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    I would report anyone I knew to be drink driving if I had tried and couldnt stop them.

    #144

    Kelly
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    A person I know of has been posting photos of her friend drinking port (although she says this lady was only pretending as it was a joke), whilst driving -couldn’t say how fast but background was blurred on the way to hunt ride. I was less than complimentary about said photo and got shot down. The following week she posts a picture of the driver, now a passenger, pretending to drink out of a bottle. Again you can see the speed in the background of the photo. So she took said photo and posted it onto Facebook all whilst driving a lorry. She got a few likes plus a blistering reply from me. I’ve unfriended her and been denounced as a keyboard warrior. I hope she’s just being stupid posting these rather than drunk as she’s often posting she got wasted the night before etc etc but no I haven’t reported her although I probably should

    #145

    Red-1
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    When the drink drive laws first came in, my parents took it as a personal affront!

    Thankfully attitudes have changed. However I am amazed at how often I am pressed to have “just one” drink when I go out. I choose to drive instead of drinking. I don’t like late nights and I don’t like relying on taxis, so when I go out I will not drink at all, because I am driving.

    I actually cannot understand the mentality of people who think that having a drink (or multiples) and getting behind the wheel is in any way acceptable.

    #146

    Sar
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    I dont think as many people drink drive that same night but too many drive to work in the morning still absolutely plastered thinking that because they have had a few hours kip they will be fine.

    I have never drank, never been drunk, never had a hang over. Whenever I go out with people from work they are always telling me to ‘just have one’ etc. it gets really bloomin annoying! They can’t seem to accept that someone doesn’t drink. Apparently you can’t have fun sober! But then they are all wanting a lift to and from places so they can drink before they go out.

    And they wonder why I don’t go out with them very often at all.

    #147

    mandymandy
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    @sar I agree – apart from Wayne Rooney and the like of course….
    I really worry about those who either have no insight, or choose to ignore the warnings that some medications impair driving ability, placing themselves and in particular, others at risk.
    Probably in a similar category, those who shouldn’t drink whilst taking certain medications (let alone drive). These people appear to struggle to understand why their medical complaint is not improving.
    But each to their own, until you put others at risk with your behaviours.

    • This reply was modified 1 month, 2 weeks ago by  mandymandy.
    #149

    mary
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    The best thing they did was lower the limit for drink driving in Scotland so that you really can’t have a drink at all without being over the limit so you can’t think a small drink will be ok. As I understand it, the only reason it isn’t zero is to allow for some medications which have small amounts of alcohol present. Driving the next morning is something I think a lot of people need educationing about, some people seem to think that because they’ve been to bed they’re fine the next morning.

    #150

    smokey
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    I dont see the point. Its just not worth the risk… even of you are safe (think you are?) if you get stopped or someone else causes an accident which you are involved in then you could lose so much.

    Sidenote: does anyone else find that they fell funny drinking redbull or coke all night? I will quite happily not drink and be designated driver, but I sometimes feel rougher after drinking coke and red bull than alchol in the morning! Also I cant cope without sleep, which is a good point. I have been so tired when driving I felt worse than drunk. Its horrible and really dangerous, to the point I have pulled into a layby and had 10 minutes while towing a horse trailer. Bad I know, but I had a 2 hour journey home and could not keep my eyes open.

    #151

    Kamikaze
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    I lost my best friend to drink driving aged 18, and then I spent three years at agricultural college where it was common place and I watched another two friends die in drink driving incidents – people learn far too slowly from other people’s mistakes for some reason.

    I’ve reported people before and I would again, it ruins people’s lives.

    #152

    Katy
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    Somebody was telling me today that they were following a mutual acquaintance down the road on Saturday afternoon, and she was driving all over the place. They thought it was a little early in the day for her to have been drinking. I would almost definitely put it down to her reliance on solpadeine.

    #153

    sue
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    I rarely ever drink on nights out now – I live rurally & it costs an arm and a leg to get a taxi there and back. If I had a penny for everytime someone suggested ‘just have one, it won’t hurt’ I’d never worry about my pension again.

    Having a friend whose relative was that was killed in a crash when the other driver had a drink but was under the legal limit, I won’t even risk one. It’s drink or drive, as simple as.

    I only drink at home – less anti-social than it sounds, as we regularly have friends over!

    #154

    Elly
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    One of the things that really shocked me when i moved here was how many english people started drinking and driving when they had never done it in England, when i asked why, the answer was always that there was almost nobody else on the roads and never any police so why did it matter. It was like they were on a permanent holiday with no care for anything else.
    I freely admit that i rode a bike when i was very stoned when younger, we all did it ,you used to think you were going really fast when in fact you were crawling along at about 10 mph, very surreal

    #155

    ester
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    when i was a child i spent all the school holidays with a family on a farm.
    The family is stayed with were a bit lie the darling buds of May, there was allways something going on, it was a much happier place than my own home.
    there was mum,dad and four children. one night in 1982 three of the young family were killed in an accident. The driver of the car that hit them was an alcoholic. Another motorist had watched helplessly as she clipped the pavement and clipped parked cars. Eventually her car hit the mini that the youngsters were travelling in. They were 18 ,19 and 23.
    Ive watched their mum and dad live their lives, their dad was laid to rest with them a couple of years ago and now its just mum left. The saddest thing was when their one grandson got married ..it really highlighted the enormity of that one night many years before. the grandson had no aunties or uncles at his wedding.
    I was 15 when they died and obviously have never driven under the influence………..It would feel like telling their mum that they were nt important.
    I think the lady who killed them was lucky in that she died in the crash too…Im not sure anyone could live with that.
    thats what i think about drin driving!!!
    rip tagxxx

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