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Would you shop a drink driver for £1000?

Discussion in '2 & 4 Wheels' started by Mark, Dec 16, 2013.

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    Mark

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    Two Police Forces are apparently offering a reward of £1000 for information leading to a drink-drive conviction.

    Would you shop a drink driver for £1000?

    I'd do it for free....
     
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    Ray Stewart

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    I would do it for free too.

    The message is simple:-

    If you drink DON'T DRIVE - if you are driving DON'T DRINK
     
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    Absolutely, you wouldn't need to pay us. A life saved is priceless...
     
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    An Oasis

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    Stunned how many miles a year do you guys do?
     
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    An Oasis

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    You want to know who the real problem drivers on the roads are? Not the Xmas BS...
     
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    If anyone drinks and drives at any time of the year, they might kill someone.
    I applaud police efforts to address the problem, it is just a shame that people need to be offered money to do the decent thing.
     
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    Drink driving should be a mandatory attempted murder charge.

    The whole attitude to drink with or without driving is possibly long past repealing. We are fast becoming the alcohol blotting pad of Western Europe with women drinking solitarily at home the worst and only identified as such when they enter the hospital system towards the end or simply short cut from home to cemetery and everyone hides the gin bottles for appearance sake. Only the manufacturers know the true extent of their vice like grip on the female population of 30~75 age group.
    I wonder if there is whistle blower at Gordon's Gin ? A great story.
     
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    Matthew :: TekHive Hosting

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    Having lost a friend due to drink driving I wouldn't think twice about handing them in.
     
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    Mark

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    Let me guess, the ones who get hit by cyclists?
     
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    Adam H

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    You understood what he was saying ? i thought he'd had one to many JD and Cokes :D
     
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    Paul Norman

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    I would.

    But to whom? I did, once.

    I phoned the police because a van I was following appeared to be in the control of a drunk person. It mounted the pavement repeatedly, kept swerving. Something was clearly wrong - drunk or not.

    The police were not interested. In their defence, what could they possibly have done? Getting a patrol car out would only be possible if one was already close by.
     
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    I had a similar thing 2 months ago, on a main road there was a lorry swerving across the lanes dangerously and erratically, I called the police and reported it, and they said they were sending someone to check it out...
     
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    I've got no problem with anyone reporting someone to the Police for drink driving or any other offence. However I would question the offering of a reward in this case. If this became commonplace then they would undoubtedly extend it into other areas and this could lead to an awful lot of trouble as authority rarely knows when to stop with this sort of thing.
     
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    Mark

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    I hope they're not offering public money...
     
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    Paul Norman

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    Have you considered a career on the stage?
     
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    Exactly, it'll be extended into all kinds of things. Before you know it, it'll be rewards for reporting people for saying the wrong things.

    It'll get to this point because it'll become socially acceptable to report people for money to the authorities.

    Roll on Nazi Germany reborn. In England.
     
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    Very good point.
     
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    Why would anyone need a cash incentive to report drink drivers ? Most of us who do not drive would like anyone who drinks and drives locked up and also lock up anyone guilty of aiding or abetting a drinking driver...there should be an offence of knowingly watching a drinking person take control of a vehicle to drive off. No need for rewards and no comparison needs drawing with past foreign governments. Lock em up for a long term.
     
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    So let's see some mileage on this thread how many miles do the commentators do per annum?

    I do between 40-50K per annum and I can only think of a single incident in the last 3 years when I wondered if the driver had been drinking.

    On the other hand

    I've nearly been hit by about 5 HGV's between 2-5AM the drivers were getting sleepy.

    A young lad jumped off a bridge (Stoke) and landed on top off a 4*4 causing a bit of mayhem but luckily only killed himself.

    A herd of cows got loose on the A500 and caused a crash involving one of the cows and a single car.

    Then the amount of crashes caused mainly by middle aged blokes whilst yapping on their mobile phones is incredible and to top that the real idiots...

    ...people texting.

    I will put a wager on with anyone on this forum that using a mobile phone stats replacing drink driving as the #1 cause of problems when the authorities finally get around to releasing stats. And mobile phones are not just for Xmas kiddies.

    And then there are the bad drivers, people who just drive like they are the only people on the road...look at any crash compilation on YouTube there they are, in abundance.

    And JUST FOR MARK cyclists, yup, just try driving in London to see how fucking stupid these people are and then tell me I'm a prat. I'll stop here for now.

    Happy driving folks it's a world a sh1t that I wish I did not have to be a part of.
     
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    Paul Norman

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    I understand the point. I suspect my total lifetime mileage is pretty much up there in the top league, although in the last two years I have driven less. Certainly 40 to 50K miles was normal for me.

    And yes. I doubt whether drink driving is the number one killer. But it is a killer. And I would report it, without being paid a penny.

    And, without a doubt, the number one killer, I suspect is just that vague thing. Bad driving. But bad driving is not illegal unless it is bad enough to be dangerous - and it has to be proveable and witnessable.

    Drink driving would not be my number one focus, even, if I was a traffic officer. But still, as it is very proveable, I would nick everyone I found doing it.
     

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