The real excuses for drink driving

File / not this specific accident

Police have taken a novel approach to pushing the road safety message – sharing the excuses of motorists pulled over last night and found to be under the influence of alcohol.

Waikato police were out breath testing drivers … during and after the All Blacks v Lions game at Eden Park.

“I just want to share a few comments made by people stopped last night drink driving,” a Waikato police officer posted on Facebook today.

“I find the comments really interesting because it’s all too common that we hear the blame being passed on to others.

“But if YOU choose to drink alcohol, and then YOU decide to get behind the wheel and drive, the responsibility for this action and any consequences that follow is on YOU, seems pretty simple to me but some of these people think otherwise.”

The excuses drivers had included:

• You can’t put your checkpoint on this road anyway – it’s illegal.

• You’re only stopping me because of my car otherwise I would be sweet.

• You’re racist you’re only doing this because I’m white.

• Can you hurry up I have things to do.

• Can I buy you a donut?

• Could you just give me 30 demerits instead of 50 I know you can do that.

• Thank you, would you like a Crunchie Bar.

Speaking of sugar earlier in the day, and the need for education rather than taxation, alcohol is another perfect example where we have succeeded in changing the behaviour of the majority of society towards drinking and driving.

And the change has come through education and not through the taxes on alcohol which are by any standard excessive.


– NZ Herald

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