January 31st, 2008

Drink Driving

Posted in The Job - Experience by 200

I was on YouTube this week doing some ‘research’ when I came across the following video done by the family of a girl who was killed together with a chauffeur by a drink-driver.

It never ceases to amaze me the amount of people who think it’s acceptable to get behind the wheel of a vehicle while smashed. I stopped a car once just outside the High Street. The driver, even to the untrained eye, was either totally pissed or was  trained monkey who could work the pedals but couldn’t see over the dashboard. The driver managed to pull the car to a halt after I pulled in front of him. I had to open the door as there were no reactions from the driver. When I did he just about fell out of the seat. He was one of the most drunken drivers I’ve seen in nearly 30 years.

Amazingly, he had driven from just off the top of the High Street – where he & his family had been enjoying a weekend camping at the annual Cub Scout meeting – to the estate at the bottom of the High street where he lived. A distance of no more than 1/2 a mile.

Even more amazingly, his wife, who was completely sober, was in the passenger seat and his two boys, both aged under 10 were in the rear. I didn’t know whether to be more annoyed at the wife for allowing her children in the same car as a completely steamed driver, or to feel sorry for someone who possibly didn’t have the courage or where-with-all to go against the wishes of a man willing to put the lives of his kids at risk.

The sad thing is that no matter how many people who see the following video, the ones likely to take note of the message it sends are the ones who don’t need to be told not to drink & drive.

If you’re a rufty-tufty who doesn’t like showing emotion, make sure you watch the vid on your own – to save embarrassment. 

 

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11 comments

  1. Mousie says:

    That’s an extremely powerful video. I’ve had the misfortune to deal with the aftermath of a strikingly similar collision and that just brings all the raw emotions back…

    January 31st, 2008 at 20:51

  2. Ali says:

    I found you through Mouseie. What a heartbreaking story.

    February 1st, 2008 at 02:00

  3. Posh Totty says:

    Also found you thru Mousie, That is a heartbreaking story :o (

    February 1st, 2008 at 02:44

  4. Andrew says:

    It seems as though the USA has a far worse DD problem than we have in the UK. For years it has been socially unacceptable to DD in the UK… we are left with the “hard core” offenders, while the USA has concentrated on prohibiting alcohol being carried in the vehicle, rather than inside the driver.

    That said, even one tragedy is one too many, and my heart goes out to the mother cradliong her daughter’s severed head. I just can’t think of anything worse for a parent to have to do.

    Having admitted the drink-drive problem, remember that the new challenge that we must now face in the UK is the rapidly increasing problem of those who drive under the influence of drugs.

    February 1st, 2008 at 09:55

  5. kingmagic says:

    I,ve attended dozens of RTAs over the years that has involved drink/driving. And some of them could not stand up or speak so how the f**k they thought they could drive is anyones guess!

    Alcohol, drugs or any other reason for unfitness to drive which causes accidents/death should be treated with a very lengthy jail sentence!

    February 1st, 2008 at 11:55

  6. steph says:

    Sad, sad, sad! That video will stay with me for a long time.

    It’s a real wake-up call to the reality of drink driving.You can only hope that this video made by the family, will help to bring about much needed change in today’s society.

    February 1st, 2008 at 12:09

  7. Emma says:

    I am no rufty tufty and that has had a profound effect on me, I lost a friend at 17 through a hit and run, he ran because he was full off beer, of course when they caught up with him it was a week later so what should have been at the very least death by dangerous driving turned into a ban for no Insurance and a £250 fine. Justice!! eh?

    February 1st, 2008 at 19:29

  8. katie says:

    I came here via mousie – what a tragic story – there is nothing acceptable about drink driving and yet people always think they are ok – that they are immune… perhaps videos like this will help somehow…

    February 2nd, 2008 at 13:19

  9. PCSO says:

    Good video, really hits home.

    I couldn’t imagine the trauma of loosing my child, just the thought of it now brings a tear to my eye.

    February 3rd, 2008 at 18:12

  10. Em's way says:

    That has to be the single most powerful video I have ever seen. I really hope it does the job and saves lives.

    February 9th, 2008 at 11:21

  11. Scotsman88 says:

    That was such a powerful and moving video about such an utterly senseless and selfish criminal act!

    People really do need to think twice about taking the car when they have been or are going to be drinking.

    March 6th, 2008 at 08:12

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