NO_DRIVINGThe Arrive Alive road safety website receives many interesting emails from regular visitors with information and advice about road safety across the world. Sometimes we also receive information of a less serious nature – and we would like to share this as well!

Even though drunk driving is no joke – we can share a bit of humor and use this to emphasize the very serious dangers of drunk driving!

A true story from Mount Isa in Queensland.

Recently a routine Police patrol car parked outside a local neighbourhood pub late in the evening. The officer noticed a man (Luke Sandery) leaving the bar so intoxicated that he could barely walk.

The man stumbled around the car park for a few minutes, with the officer quietly observing. After what seemed an eternity and trying his keys on five vehicles. The man managed to find his car, which he fell into. He was there for a few minutes as a number of other patrons left the bar and drove off. Finally he started the car, switched the wipers on and off (it was a fine dry night). Then flicked the indicators on, then off, tooted the horn and then switched on the lights.

He moved the vehicle forward a few metres, reversed a little and then remained stationary for a few more minutes as some more vehicles left. At last he pulled out of the car park and started to drive slowly down the road. The Police officer, having patiently waited all this time, now started up the patrol car, put on the flashing lights, promptly pulled the man over and carried out a random breathalyser test.

To his amazement the breathalyser indicated no evidence of the man’s intoxication.

The Police officer said “I’ll have to ask you to accompany me to the Police station – this breathalyzer equipment must be broken.”

“I doubt it,” said the man, “tonight I’m the designated decoy”.

On a serious note:

We need to emphasize the following:

– Drunk driving is irresponsible and is against the law.

– Even if you are not found to be above the limit  -you still pose a threat to the lives of other road users if your ability to drive responsibly is reduced!

– Your car is only insured if the driver is operating such vehicle within the parameters of the Rules of the Road.

– Car Insurers do not need to pay an insurance claim if the driver is found to be driving drunk!

– The best way to prevent drunk driving is to use self-breathalysing to ensure that you are not over the limit and to have a designated driver take you home!!

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