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Traffic Offence Of The Week (2)

breathalyser

Drinkers beware – they are out to get you. I’m old enough to remember the time when our elders and betters would think nothing of having a few pints and then jump in their car and drive home. Thankfully, the introduction of the breathalyser and more robust drink driving laws put a dampener on that sort of behaviour.

After a session the sensible drinker will resort to shanks’ pony and stagger somewhat unsteadily in the general direction of their home, happy in the knowledge that they are beyond the reach of the long arm of the law. But not in Windhoek in Namibia, I read this week.

The police will treat any pedestrian who is worse for wear and involved in a traffic accident no differently than if they were a driver. A spokesperson in an attempt to justify this draconian action said “most of the time, the victims will be coming from bars and under the influence of alcohol, which makes it difficult for them to fully concentrate on the road”.

There is one chink of light, though. Drunken pedestrians involved in traffic accidents will only have the book thrown at them if they survive. So if you have one over the eight in Namibia and have a contretemps with a vehicle, make sure it kills you.

You have been warned!

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