It is that time of year again and many South Africans are making their way to the coastal cities (East London included). Be safe. Some people out there are not just road rage threats.
They have far more things to deal with in their lives and you just happen to be around. Leave them be. Someone will give it to them just don’t let it be you.
The other thing that kills most people on our roads is alcohol consumption and driving. We all know it is wrong but who can reason with a drunk person in search of another watering hole? There are so many people that are going to be arrested and I personally think our fine officers of the law love this time of year for a number of reasons least of which is that they get to make a record number of arrests without a huge threat to physical harm.
For the people who tend to consume far more than their fare share of Queen Victoria’s tears, aside from their lip, tend to be rather docile subjects in respect to the officers of the law. It is therefore a welcome respite for sober minded road users when this bunch is duly offered a brief overnight stay at a residence where he who shall not be named shall enjoy his retirement days wondering how in the world it all went bananas.
Sometimes good people make mistakes. Sometimes there is a plausible explanation for getting behind the wheel when your mind and body are not necessarily on the same page. I think this is more of a personal choice. You make the decision to drive when you are drunk even though there are so many red-flags like accidents, jail and death. It is not a sign of bravery to drive while drunk and the people in the car share the blame as well. In Japan if a driver is caught driving while having drunk even a sip of alcohol he and everyone in the car is arrested for letting this guy put their lives in danger (yes I said HE). Now I am not suggesting that everybody in a Quantum Taxi be arrested, God no! For one thing there will never be enough space in our jails.
All I am asking is that you think twice before you get behind the wheel drunk this festive season. Lest you be the reason for someone else to shed tears over the demise of their loved one(s). Here is to having a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year!