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#1 Turvey

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 11:21 PM

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I think most folk would have no problem shopping someone they didn't know or like but would you shop a friend/relative/spouse?  



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#2 stevegtuk

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Posted 16 December 2013 - 11:27 PM

Would have done it for free but if they want to pay me £1000 for it who am i to argue :lol:

 

If people want to drink either get someone who wont drink to drive or take a taxi,,,,,, simples :)

 

When it comes to friends or relatives. People shouldnt need to call the police because if they care about them that much they'd stop the friend or relative from driving anyway.



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Posted 16 December 2013 - 11:32 PM

+1 on Steve, I would shop them for free, especially someone I dont know about. Anyone who I do know I would be insistant that they dont go anywhere, but if they were clearly not going to blow green, then they need stopping end of!



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Posted 17 December 2013 - 02:11 AM

Would do, and have done many a time either taken keys myself, or shopped people...

There's no excuse... I've seen the aftermath few times now. And it's just not worth the risk!

I think the current drink drive limit should be lowered/no tolerance personally...

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 03:27 AM

I don't think I even need to answer this one.

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 06:42 AM

in my opinion, it would be ok sometimes for one's own safe,while there also may have unexpected risks. anyway, just be careful.



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Posted 17 December 2013 - 07:18 AM

http://www.confused....etterMR20131216
 
I think most folk would have no problem shopping someone they didn't know or like but would you shop a friend/relative/spouse?  


Id report them in any case if I knew them or not,

If I knew them,
If possible I would try to prevent them from drink driving, but if the persisted then I would have to anominously report them,
Picture your family driving home or anywhere,
Being met head on colission with the known or unknown drink driver ?

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 08:11 AM

As said already, would dob in anyone for free.

 

If family/relatives, try to get some sense into their heads myself, if it failed, then to the cops it is.

 

Road traffic collisions involving DUI are usually a mess, families lose loved ones at the blink of an eye, and it's dreadful for the police officer who has to make the notification of next of kin.

 

I'd say heavier penalties need to be imposed on drunk drivers than it currently is, and I think shopping anyone is a no-brainer.



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Posted 17 December 2013 - 10:03 AM

What really irritates me is the persistent drink drivers who don't lose their license because their bleeding heart brief claims it will cause 'hardship'. Really? What about the 'hardship' these irresponsible goons could inflict on their potential victims? :angry:

 

First offence should be automatic ban as well as the fine, no ifs, no buts. Second offence? Mandatory prison sentence, seeing as you didn't get the message first time around.



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Posted 17 December 2013 - 10:07 AM

What really irritates me is the persistent drink drivers who don't lose their license because their bleeding heart brief claims it will cause 'hardship'. Really? What about the 'hardship' these irresponsible goons could inflict on their potential victims? :angry:

 

First offence should be automatic ban as well as the fine, no ifs, no buts. Second offence? Mandatory prison sentence, seeing as you didn't get the message first time around.

Agreed.

 

Although there are some that do lose their licence still carry on driving anyway :angry:



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Posted 17 December 2013 - 12:54 PM

Would do it for free but a £1000 would be a nice bonus!  :P

 

I like to think I'm pretty lucky and that none of my friends or family would be that stupid but as Steve said you would do your utmost to stop them if you had to!



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Posted 17 December 2013 - 01:29 PM

At the end of the day, although my wife doesnt drink or drive, I would rather she was at home with points and a hell of a fine, than she wasnt at home at all!

 

DUI when your between 0 and 15mg/100ml your alright. OK your a little slow, but you still generally would be capable of managing the car. I imagine this would probably be a couple of shandies.

up to 25, you would need to be seriously careful and you would have to fight yourself and the car so much to keep yourself safe.

up to 35 and beyond, your an idiot. Simple.

 

I am embarrassed to say that in my youth, I made the error of drink driving, The conditions where snowy, the roads were quiet, and it was an uneventful drive, I honestly couldnt say how close to the limit I was. I had a pocket analyzer that just turned red (this was about 1 hour before I left my works doo) so I must have been damned close, if not, already over.

 

All the way home, I was nervous, I knew I had control of the car (I could drink and no exactly what was going on, had full control, didnt play ping pong with the white lines, and could meet the speed limit as if I hadnt drunk), but I was jumpy at anything that moved. It was a horrific feeling, and on top of that, as I was driving, I always had the niggle... are those headlights fitted with blue lights? as well as "if I get caught, I can kiss my job, family and life goodbye" and since then, although I might have an odd drink, if I am planning on driving later, I make it a weak shandy, or a tiny tipple in a drink of coke) that way, I feel like I am joining in, get the taste, and it suffices. on the barely existent events if I have something stronger, I drink as much other fluid as I can to try and dilute it and get it out a bit quicker. I have never drink driven in a state I did that night since, and I really wouldnt want to.

 

I sympathise with Dave and Clive, their line of work sees it in the most gory way. They see the lucky sod's, as well as the unfortunate families. I really dont know how these guys dont end up taking the idiots into a quiet cell and knocking ten bells out of them. Professionalism aside, as a human, I admire them that they dont want to do it! I have to say, I would struggle!

 

You sometimes need a serious scare to break a bad idea, and often most drink drivers get their kick when they plough into someone or something else, by that point, the lesson may have been hard learned, the cost is totted up, and they will pay the bill. I'm thankful that on that day, I learned it without event! a lot of people seriously dont listen and process (I was one of them!) and the advice of dont drink and drive, is often responded with "well one cant hurt" followed by "well another small one cant hurt".

 

Perhaps they should extend the driving test, to include the drink driving experience (being serious here!).

 

Closed track, you have a few drinks, and you go out with an instructor. then you have a simulated police stop, on top of all the breathalyser, and the oncoming "traffic" along with "pedestrians" who step out in front of the car. For most, the surreal experience probably could be enough to give the kick before they get their license, to others it will be nothing more than a game I am sure, but why not scare people in the safest way possible....?



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Posted 17 December 2013 - 01:41 PM

i've reported a few and my missus thinks i shouldnt. even if i see something dangerous on the motorway i will call the police but wifey thinks that i will on a list of nuisance callers!



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Posted 17 December 2013 - 01:42 PM

Never!! Your doing the right thing mate.

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 01:50 PM

Jeebs, we all do things in our youth we regret. Luckily you had no incidents and have learnt from it. I've seen one guy be arrested 3 times for drink driving... And I've only been active for 18months! And not even on traffic! This time of year there are always reports of suspected drunk drivers, the public phone in and it helps us brilliantly. One shift we had 4 in one night from people phoning in. What I've found is that is doesn't tend to be the younger generation anymore. During many drink/drive ops you say to anyone under 30-35, with a car full of drunks in tow, how much have you had, and the reply 99% of times is "I'm the designated driver tonight", and they blow 0, it's the older generations that have got away with it for many years that still think they can... I think young people value their licenses more these days when it comes to this.

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