October 6, 2017 at 1:07 pm #140
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?!
October 6, 2017 at 1:09 pm #144
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
October 6, 2017 at 1:10 pm #145
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.
October 6, 2017 at 1:10 pm #146
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.
October 6, 2017 at 1:11 pm #147
@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 3 years ago by mandymandy.
October 6, 2017 at 1:12 pm #149
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.
October 6, 2017 at 1:13 pm #150
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.
October 6, 2017 at 1:14 pm #151
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.
October 6, 2017 at 1:14 pm #152
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.
October 6, 2017 at 1:15 pm #153
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!
October 6, 2017 at 1:16 pm #154
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
October 6, 2017 at 1:17 pm #155
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!!!
October 6, 2017 at 1:17 pm #156
Can’t abide it. I have taken someone’s keys off them before now at the pub as they were going to drive home and I knew how much they had drunk.
I would have no hesitation reporting someone. An old friend of mine nearly killed himself drink driving, he got the book thrown at him understandably.
I had to cycle to work as I was too pie-eyed the following morning to drive. Vile 3 1/2 mile trek up hills.
October 6, 2017 at 1:18 pm #157
I’ve never been drunk in my life and I don’t drink at all now.
I find it quite worrying how dependant some people are on alcohol, ie they’ve had a bad day so will require a bottle of wine to get over it. It’s not a healthy way to be. I know this because I had the same relationship with chocolate! I had a bad day so I deserve this etc. Not good.
Anyway I don’t know why people drink and drive. I don’t know anyone who does now, in Scotland with the lower limit so perhaps that is why. Years ago especially in rural areas, it was common.
I’ve had a bad morning so I’m going to ride my horse to feel better. Proper therapy
October 6, 2017 at 1:20 pm #158
When my husband was a teenager, he was “warned” by the police for riding a horse while drunk.
I visited a communist country in the late 70s and there if you drank any alcohol when driving and were caught you went to prison, so the young professionals I was with didn’t at all. Made up for it when not driving though.
In a way it would be simpler if there was a 0 limit, then everyone would know simply not to even try to drink and drive.
October 6, 2017 at 1:21 pm #159
I only drove drunk once, but in my defence the police told me to do it! We had gone on a run with friends who were motorbikers (this is many years ago by the way)to Whitby and were camping on the Abby Plain. The group were attacked in the tents and the police told us to take the injured to A&E, when we explained that we were drunk, they told us to go anyway and that they weren’t looking for drunk drivers that night
October 6, 2017 at 1:22 pm #160
There was a guy near here who was successfully prosecuted for being drunk in charge of a horse and cart (well, drunk is an understatement actually, he was passed out asleep on the cart and the horse was merrily taking them both home). Unfortunately however, nobody had updated the fine from when that was presumably a common offence, so he was fined the princely sum of £5 (as well as court costs).
I don’t really drink so am always the nominated driver, but before I stopped going to the pub much there were certainly a fair few who would think nothing of driving the 1-2miles home down country lanes when they would’ve been over the limit. I think it’s more habit than anything to be honest.
The morning after drink drivers are probably the most dangerous I think, but then again I think more people should be prosecuted for dangerous driving full stop whether under the influence or just completely incompetent.
October 6, 2017 at 1:23 pm #161
I know people on both sides of the coin.
My brother will ALWAYS leave his car the morning after the night before regardless of how inconvenient it is (and me and my family have made it clear that we will always pick each other up whatever the time, I have said this to friends, I would rather be woken up at 3am to pick you up than you drink and drive)
I have a decidedly ex friend who thinks it acceptable to drive back to her house from the pub because it is only 10 minutes away.
I used to work at the local rugby club and the sheer amount of people who think it is OK to drink 10 pints in a day and drive home used to make my blood boil, though I wasn’t confident enough to report them as a teenager I wouldn’t hesitate now.
I no longer drink but when I did I NEVER drove on the night or the morning after.
October 6, 2017 at 1:23 pm #162
I don’t drink alcohol at all, much to my OH’s delight as he never has to worry about whose driving home but as a teenager I knew many adults who would drink and drive without giving it a second thought but I am glad to say that I now have a 19 year old son who passed his test at 17 and I always make a point of telling him not to think of having a drink and driving. He assures me that him or any of his friends would never think of having even one drink and then driving, it would seem that the culture has completely changed around this subject amonsgt youngsters which can only be a good thing.
October 6, 2017 at 1:24 pm #163
If I’m driving- even if it’s only driving home in the morning- I will not have a single drink. Even one drink affects me far too much to consider driving; my inability to resist crisps after a glass of wine is testament to that.
One of the things that scares me the most is the amount of people who think it’s ok to drive jet-lagged or straight off a long flight. It took me more than a week to feel normal enough to drive after my flight back from NZ. So many people get straight off a long haul flight and onto unfamiliar roads in an equally unfamiliar rental car. Scary!
October 6, 2017 at 1:25 pm #164
I’ll be honest, I will have one single spirit and mixer and drive, however I won’t have a half pint or wine or anything as they affect me more. I have *touch wood* never had an accident. I’m not saying it’s okay, everyone has their own opinion about it, I just enjoy the taste of it, and I can have one so.. I do. Although I go out probably once a month, maybe twice so not every weekend. I wouldn’t be opposed to a 0 tolerance level. I have a few friends who will always drive home from a night out, and will always offer me a lift, and I will always decline.
I think it’s far more dangerous to drive tired to be honest, I have had to pull over many times previously as I was so tired that my eyes were dropping.
October 6, 2017 at 1:26 pm #165
and why is it socially acceptable to encourage a driver to drink…
Me: lemonade thanks.
Colleague, don’t you want something stronger?
Me: no thanks I’m driving
Colleague: you can have one, what do you want?
This annoys me so much. If I’ve said no, stop trying to convince me it’s ok to drink & drive. The particular colleague I’m thinking of, I went to the pub with him and a few others after work, he had 3 large glasses of a very strong, expensive red wine. I assumed he left to catch a train but someone said he was driving home!!!!!
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