I got breathalised today
Why were the rozzers doing mass stops?
Not UK, Brussels, so it might be okay here. See it from time to time where they just have a load of cops at the side of the road and pull almost everyone over and check. Takes 20secs so doesn’t bother me and at 17:00 on a Wed not really much risk either. I wish they would do it at night though as cycling back after 11 can be dodgy with some cars definitely weaving and being way to slow to be soberPosted 4 years agosparkyspiceSubscriber
I got pulled over on my way home to Manly (Sydney, AUS) and they were breath testing everyone coming out of the city on that road. If you’d been drinking you had no opportunity to u-turn once you’d realised the cops were ahead.Posted 4 years ago
I was riding a motorbike at the time and pulled up and raised my visor… “Been drinking?” Said the cop. “On a 900cc with a pillion? Not bloody likely!” I replied. “On your way then.”
Seemed sensible enough to me.
Then again there was the Aussie urban myth….
A guy stumbles out of a bar, staggers to his car, fails to get the keys in the door, drops the keys, spends ages looking for them, fails to get then in the door again, but eventually manages to get in the car where he remains for a while. Meanwhile everyone else has left the pub…. After a while he gets the car started and finds first gear. Blue lights come on and he gets pulled. After being blowing into the breathalyser, the cop is amazed to find the guy doesn’t even register. The cops are dumbfounded. “I’m tonight’s designated distraction!” Says the bloke.
Not very exciting really as the police were stopping almost everyone coming in on the road that I was on. Much more interesting was the machine though. Instead of blowing into it I had to talk into it for 15secs or so. Anyone seen these or know how they work? Is it just still picking up breath?Posted 4 years agoDales_riderMember
I was breathalyzed on entering Holland, straight off the ferry. It would appear to happen regular, as does the number of people they pull over.Posted 4 years ago
The device they use is a multi use jobbie you dont actualy touch it just as they said “talk” to it. I think their translation was slightly wrong and they meant to say just “Breathe” into itCountZeroMember
Not sure about the UK, but I believe it’s about the same as the US, drink-drive accidents constitute about 30% of the total, which means that 70% of accidents are caused by sober drivers. Tired and stupidly irresponsible drivers are the biggest cause of motoring accidents.Posted 4 years agozokesMember
Much more interesting was the machine though. Instead of blowing into it I had to talk into it for 15secs or so. Anyone seen these or know how they work? Is it just still picking up breath?
They seem to use these down here in Oz and NZ a fair bit (well, the two times I’ve been RBTed anyway). You talk into that device, and it gives a qualitative yes/no to alcohol. If you get a qualitative yes (I’d had a pint prior on one of those occasions), out comes the real breathalyser which they then take a quantitative sample with.
Guess it saves time and mouthpieces compared to using the regular breathalyser for everyone.Posted 4 years agobruneepSubscriber
Wasn’t it ‘Withnail and I’?
Withnail: [on the way to the cottage] At some point or another I want to stop and get hold of a child.
Marwood: What do you want a child for?
Withnail: To tutor it in the ways of righteousness, and procure some uncontaminated urine.
[holding up a Fairy Liquid bottle with a strap and a tube]
Withnail: This is a device enabling the drunken driver to operate in absolute safety. You fill this with piss, take this pipe down the trouser and sellotape this valve to the end of the old chap. Then you get horribly drunk and they can’t **** touch you. According to these instructions, you refuse everything except a urine sample. You undo your valve and give them a dose of unadulterated child’s piss and they have to give you your keys back. Danny’s a genius. I’m going to have a doze.
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