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Tue, Feb. 20th, 2007, 05:17 pm
From the department of "barely thought out theories"

I'm wondering.

Ireland has a pretty big problem with drink driving, decades of prominent advertising saying "If you have a drink and drive a car, you will kill someone" and "If you drive after even one drink you're going to go to jail and get f*cked in the ass". Yet for all of that, the problem still exists and is still a pretty big one, percentage wise anyway.

Regardless, I find myself wondering if booze is the major cause of the accidents or is it simply that we are a nation of retards behind the wheel and that the biggest retards, the ones who will inevitably kill someone, would do so whether they were sober or two drinks in? Judging from the behaviour I see every single evening on the way home and the number of near misses I've seen or been a part of that involved a driver that statistically speaking should be as sober as a judge, I'm just beginning to doubt the official line that it is the drink that is the problem (or at least the one or two drinks - if you're six pints in then its a different story) so much as driving like an ignorant asshole. I suspect that being a nation of absolutely clueless motorists can't help either.

Tue, Feb. 20th, 2007 05:48 pm (UTC)
mr_wombat

"Being unable to drive is a whole different set of causes."

Causes yeah, but the end result is what matters in this case, I don't care *why* people drink or can't seem to retain the lessons they learned but both of them end with some poor slob being maimed or killed. I won't deny that drink is a factor, that'd be mental but what I'm getting at is whether or not the inability to drive caused by being a cretin is a greater or lesser factor than the inability to drive caused by booze. That and the point you correctly made, that booze makes the problem worse - turning an ignorant moron into an even more dangerous ignorant moron.

Combine the two and sure, you have a problem greater than the sum of its parts but when I walk home this evening I *guarantee* you I will see a minimum of one person run a red light through a pedestrian crossing and someone else change lanes or take a corner without indicating and I'll give even money on someone using a phone while doing both of the above. This is during a nine minute walk by the way.