One evening last week I watched a broadcast which - in a strange way - I wish really hadn't been needed to be done. It was on the consequences of Drink Driving.
If you are wondering where I saw it it was on a Social Media Platform called Blab.im. The broadcast was hosted by Nathan Constable, Sgt TCS, and Constable Chaos, who are all serving Police Officers (they have called their broadcasts "OffBeat" - quite an apt name if you ask me as the three of them are offduty when they broadcast and absolutely anything can - and does - happen during them).
This Blab blab.im/tcs-offbeat-drink-drive-the-facts-and-the-consequences-4 is a "must watch" because it contains the story of someone who survived a collision caused by a Drink Driver but one of their daughters didn't (the other daughter saw it happen).
It also reminds me of a blog post I wrote on the original "inkyworld" blog - because of one of the questions which was asked.
The question was "why do motorway Service Stations have pubs (or places which sell alcohol for immediate consumption)?".
I can give you an answer to that (provided by the nephew of a pianist who played at Leicester Forest East Services when it first opened).
When motorways first existed they were nothing like they are now. In fact, people used to go for a leisurely drive along a motorway to the Services for something to do on a Sunday afternoon. (Difficult to imagine that these days with all the speed demons wanting to get to their destination above the speed of sound - or so it seems - isn't it?)
Leicester Forest East Services had a bar which sold alcohol (a long time before Drink Driving had even been heard of). It also had a piano in it. The piano was sometimes played by a man called Henry Poultney. If you think the surname suggests there might be a family connection with me - you would be correct - the nephew who told me about it doubles up as my Dad.
However, I digress.
I don't ask you for very much as a result of reading my blog but I have one very serious request from me (and all the Emergency Services) - IF YOU are going to DRINK over the Festive Period please DO NOT DRIVE!!! Of course the same request is applicable all year round.
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