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The Perils Of Drink Driving
Ok so here's the background to today's topic. Back in the early 80's shortly after leaving school my best friend (one of the few i had) was walking his girlfriend home after a night at the youth club that was situated on the bank of the canal that ran through our village the unusual thing was the road and canal were not fenced off as it was a relatively quiet village for traffic and the powers that be didn't think a fence was needed.
On this particular summer evening a car came speeding round a blind bend about 500yards ahead of the couple the driver lost control on seeing the couple and ploughed straight into them killing my friend instantly and pushing the girl into the canal as the car also went in. Now i wasn't there that night but from others there the driver managed to leap from the car before it hit the water the police fire and ambulance were called and the driver was breatherlysed and found to be 3 times over the drink drive limit and was taken away by the police .2 firemen jumped into the canal to try and save the girl but found she was trapped underneath the car and of course drowned.it took the rescue service 3 hours to get the car and the girls body out of the canal .according to the local paper the driver was found guilty of causing death by drunken driving and sentenced to 18months borstal as he was only 17 himself.
now i have always been against drinking and driving since my dad was convicted of drink driving back in the 70's and lost his job and license as a result plus a hefty fine meaning that Xmas was to be a Xmas of no joy as money was tight and all the big presents we wanted my parents couldn't afford.
People say "I've only had 1 drink I'm safe to drive" in my opinion even 1 drink is too many and to this i say tell that to the family of those 2 16 year old's killed by a drink driver.
in some respects my dad was lucky somebody in the pub reported him and he was stopped before he could injure anybody but that doesn't make it right.
after the accident that fateful night the road alongside the canal was closed to through traffic and to this day still remains closed. so you say that will never happen to me I'm still able to safely drive after a couple of drinks but really is that true or is it just your perception altered by the alcohol? i personally i believe there should be a zero limit on alcohol and driving if you have a drink don't drive get a cab or walk its simple.as for the majority of drink drivers in accidents don't even think anything of the people they injure or the families of those injured. Lives and families are destroyed by drink drivers on a daily basis and all the drivers complain about is how its going to affect them.
This is just my personal view and i now live my life with only 2 major rules drinking and driving is a big no no in my book and i want nothing to do with those that think its OK to do so
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