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Discussion in 'Australia' started by 348CH, May 20, 2005.

  1. 348CH

    348CH Formula Junior

    Mar 2, 2004
    769
    Melbourne
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    The Reverend Dr.
    So there I was, minding my own business, heading off to the airport last week. Early flight so I'm on the road by a bit after four o'clock in the wee hours of the morning. Huge day ahead, back-to-back meetings, the culmination of several years work.
    Heading down Templestowe Road I see a cop car going the other way suddenly throw a u-turn - oops travelling a little quick perhaps. I pulled into the servo to grab some petrol and alongside it crawls. A polite exchange of hellos and time to produce the licence blow in the bag and check rego. No prob me thinks. Had a lovely dinner last night, a few wines but no problemo.

    Well, you could've knocked me down. I registered over - well over - the limit. At that I should've been slurring words and having trouble focussing. Police park the car and take me back to the station - I will say that we were all very civilised - they're only doing their job and even though I felt there was no way I could be over, their equipment said otherwise and now was not the time to have an argument.
    Go back and get 'interviewed' told them how much I'd drunk and when, told them it didn't add up and no, I wouldn't drive a car if I suspected I was even near the limit. Explained they were making me miss my flight and that it was crucial for me to be in Sydney this morning. The 'machine' was all warmed up and it was time to blow... surprise surprise. Barely registered... I guess that hand held device is going in for repairs and recalibration. Two very very embarrassed and apologetic cops high tail me back to my car (fastest I've travelled in a built up area...) and set me on my way. Arrive at the airport and check in 15 minutes before departure...
    Not a good way to start the day
     
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  3. mhh

    mhh F1 Veteran

    Feb 16, 2004
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    Mark
    No, but a good way to end a meeting with the police. :)
     
  4. 348CH

    348CH Formula Junior

    Mar 2, 2004
    769
    Melbourne
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    The Reverend Dr.
    *touch wood* never ended a meeting with the police on a sour note.

    Although that's more about avoiding meetings with the police in the first place than anything else :)
     
  5. AHG

    AHG Karting

    Jul 10, 2004
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    Melbourne, Australia
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    Andrew
    That would have been a very stressful experience Mark.
    Did the rest of the day turn out OK?
     
  6. 348CH

    348CH Formula Junior

    Mar 2, 2004
    769
    Melbourne
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    The Reverend Dr.
    Stressful is a way to put it. Particularly as I'm so anti-drink driving and always lecturing others on the importance of good car control.

    But yes, the day turned out pretty well in the end.
     
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  8. moretti

    moretti Four Time F1 World Champ
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    Nov 1, 2003
    47,313
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    sorry, can't associate with drunks anymore...delete my phone number you pi55head :D

    had a mate who defends drink driving clients get done for DUI a couple of months back when coming home from the rugger....he didn't get out of it

    is this karma ??
     
  9. 348CH

    348CH Formula Junior

    Mar 2, 2004
    769
    Melbourne
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    The Reverend Dr.

    the important difference is I was NOT drink driving - and, fortunately, the second piece of equipment wasn't faulty! I think I might frame the print out...
     
  10. sportveloce

    sportveloce Formula Junior

    Aug 31, 2003
    431
    The Aussie section
    Lucky you were not flying JetStar! They close the gate 30mins before takeoff. Its a real pain.
     
  11. berseeker

    berseeker Rookie

    May 16, 2005
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    i wouldn't be suprised that some of them are faulty, while ago on toorak rd, they say i was just on the limit and he wanted to check my liscnes to see if i was a full lisence, and i didn't even drink... just wonder how many poor dudes that was wrongly accused of..
     
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  13. 348CH

    348CH Formula Junior

    Mar 2, 2004
    769
    Melbourne
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    The Reverend Dr.
    Now that's something that will never happen. I am possibly the least pretentious F car person but I draw the line Westie Airlines
     
  14. 348CH

    348CH Formula Junior

    Mar 2, 2004
    769
    Melbourne
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    The Reverend Dr.
    the hand held devices are never used to record actual BAC. They are simply a screening device - unfortunately, like all equipment, if not calibrated regularly they soon go out.

    The machine back at the station/in the bus is the accurate one
     
  15. AKA

    AKA F1 Rookie

    May 17, 2005
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    Really dumb comment, but had you used mouthwash or something like that before leaving home?

    As you would probably know, if someone just comsumed alcohol prior to testing - it will run the reading VERY high.
     
  16. Aircon

    Aircon Eight Time F1 World Champ

    Jun 23, 2003
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    Take it from me...that guy's never used mouthwash in his LIFE!!
     
  17. AKA

    AKA F1 Rookie

    May 17, 2005
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    Perhaps the germs from gingivitis running havoc through the tester then? ;)
     
  18. 348CH

    348CH Formula Junior

    Mar 2, 2004
    769
    Melbourne
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    The Reverend Dr.
    *burp* you're right, no mouthwash that morning
     
  19. vegas1

    vegas1 F1 Rookie

    Jul 28, 2004
    4,202
    Australia
    Your dilemma has often perplexed me 348CH. Many a time I have driven the next morning (feeling completely fresh and sober)after a few Bourbons or similar the night before. I've often wondered if I would be over the limit if breath tested early AM. Is there a way to determine this more more pragmatically other than blow into the policeman's roadside breathaliser?
     
  20. 348CH

    348CH Formula Junior

    Mar 2, 2004
    769
    Melbourne
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    The Reverend Dr.
    buy your own analyser, count your drinks...

    the problem though wasn't being over, the problem was a hand held analyser reading over. Fortunately, the proper machines are tested for accuracy everytime they are started up.
     

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