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Thread Author: zippy Replies: 11

 Drink Driving Road Block - zippy
Been round to Mum & Dad this evening.

On the way home I was stopped by a very large police road block.

Seems they are doing the drink driving thing early this year, apparently because Christmas parties have started already.

No complaints from me.

There must have been a dozen officers and the two that came up to my car were really very nice.

Older officer (F) had a huge sniff in the car, younger officer (M) asked the questions; "have you had any thing to drink tonight sir?" "Nothing alcoholic, 3 mugs of tea, half a dozen hobnobs".

A very pleasant "thank you for your time and wish you a safe journey" and it was all over in less time than it has taken you to read this.

They said that if they are very visible it will put people off "risking it". I hope so.
 Drink Driving Road Block - legacylad
Good idea. A regular occurrence in the part of Spain where I stay, and all times of the day.

I often volunteer to drive when we visit an out of town restaurant, then drop friends off at their accommodation around midnight. Last time I got stopped they’d all been drinking, I’d been on fizzy wAter all night, 2 police cars blocking the back road, quick sniff, on your way matey.

Still remember wishing them a Buenas Dias rather than a buenas noche. Silly ass. It was turned midnight.
 Drink Driving Road Block - Terry
Police roadblocks in Spain seems routine. Last time when stopped (they often congregate around the exit from the motorway) I was told they were on the lookout for RHD UK registered cars left in Spain by expats with no current MOT or Insurance.

But I am sure the whiff of alcohol would have alerted them - we were just two rather knacked travellers having driven down from Santander.

 Drink Driving Road Block - martin aston
Driving in France years ago we noticed all the lay-bys were full of trucks. After a few miles we came to the police road block where, sure enough, they were checking for drink drivers. It was obvious that, probably using CB radio in those days, the truckers had warned one another.

We found it quite amusing at the time but the implications were serious if that indicated a high number of drinking truckers.
 Drink Driving Road Block - Runfer D'Hills
“Half a dozen Hob Nobs”
Tut tut Zippy! Good job there’s no law about driving with a sugar rush!
;-)
 Drink Driving Road Block - tyrednemotional
....Some years ago, driving the motorhome South from the Lofoten Islands, we passed through Mo-i_Rana.

There was a long stationary queue of cars heading North, with a few police and vehicles at the head. The police standing next to the first couple of cars were holding buckets to the open drivers window, and, it being Saturday morning, at first I genuinely thought they were collecting for "police charities".

As we passed, it became obvious that the buckets were to dispose of the "blow tubes" of the breathalyzer (or maybe they were using disposables). Anyway, each and every one of the many Northbound drivers was being tested.

We were slowed to drive past, but left well alone. Just as good really; I have little doubt I would easily have passed any roadside test in the UK, but Norway's laws are considerably more strict, (the legal blood/alcohol limit being a quarter of that for the UK). Having had a drink or two the night before, I was sweating a bit on any residue from the "morning after" effect.
 Drink Driving Road Block - zippy
>> “Half a dozen Hob Nobs”
>> Tut tut Zippy! Good job there’s no law about driving with a sugar rush!
>> ;-)
>>

Here's a tale about Hobnobs - the nutty variety:

20 odd years ago, a (40ish) colleague was out for the night and had too much to drink.

On getting home he had the munchies and had a couple of Hobnobs and went to bed.

After a short while he was feeling unwell so went to the toilet and hurled.

A nut within the Hobnob was sharp and as it came up it was like a razor blade, ripping much of his inners, spilling stomach acid out.

Colleague spent 6 months in hospital recovering.
 Drink Driving Road Block - Runfer D'Hills
As a story, well, that kind of takes the biscuit eh?
Yeah, I know, I’ll erm…
 Drink Driving Road Block - Zero
That story is just nuts Im finding it hard to digestive.
 Drink Driving Road Block - smokie
I don't doubt the story but how did he know it was a nut from the hobnob? I know when I've been drunk enough to be sick I've not bothered sorting through the output to find a cause!!!
 Drink Driving Road Block - VxFan
>> A nut within the Hobnob was sharp and as it came up it was like a razor blade, ripping much of his inners, spilling stomach acid out.

Trying not to think what the damage would be like had it come out the other end.
 Drink Driving Road Block - Zero

>> We found it quite amusing at the time but the implications were serious if that
>> indicated a high number of drinking truckers.

More likely it indicated the lay-bys were full of truckers who didn't want to exceed their taco driving hours, as it does here. Cobham Services is awash with trucks 24x7. Because there is a weigh station at J9, along with a VOSA base. The VOSA drivers dont travel far from home, patrolling J9 - J10. (where Waze persists in calling them policemen or speed traps)
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