Don’t be a fool

Central and North Burnett Times - - OPINION -

WITH the fes­tive sea­son mov­ing into full swing, most of us have happy thoughts of catch­ing up with fam­ily. Christ­mas can also mean over-in­dul­gence in al­co­hol and the con­se­quences that fol­low.

Now I do en­joy a quiet beer, but I know when to stop. The fact there are still so many peo­ple be­ing caught at random breath tests is both amaz­ing and down right scary, par­tic­u­larly with the past three decades be­ing a time when a whole gen­er­a­tion has grown up with the mes­sage, “Drink and drive? Bloody id­iot”, or words to that ef­fect.

The Monto po­lice di­vi­sion has shared some dis­turb­ing drink-driv­ing statis­tics from the pe­riod be­tween Oc­to­ber 12 and De­cem­ber 7.

Seven drink-drivers were caught in our district, five be­ing lo­cal res­i­dents.

This raises the ques­tion of how many more drink-drivers are wait­ing to bring mis­ery to the de­cent ma­jor­ity.

Driv­ing a mo­tor ve­hi­cle is dan­ger­ous enough at the best of times with­out some­one driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol en­dan­ger­ing not only their life but those of other road users.

Ge­orge Smith Monto jour­nal­ist

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