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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.

Wed, Feb. 21st, 2007 07:54 pm (UTC)

Hello, found your LJ rather randomly...

I lived in Dublin for the better part of two years while I attended grad school, and I can honestly say I was terrified by the casualness with which traffic safety was regarded. I was heading home from Fenian St one night (as you do) and was almost hit in a crosswalk by someone driving sans headlights. The place was deserted so I would have been in bad form had I actually been hit. That made me think, a lot.

Thu, Feb. 22nd, 2007 12:38 am (UTC)

Hee, I'm still trying to get to grips with remembering to turn on my headlights. Still getting used to this driving deal.