A few days ago, I saw a tweet from Kingsbridge Police – near Plymouth. It said: “Currently dealing with the driver of this 44-tonne lorry who has been arrested for drink driving on the A38 after coming down from Wales. He blew nearly five times over the limit. So lucky nobody was killed.”
The truck was a Tesco unit hauling a third-party logistics trailer, so I can’t be 100% sure who was actually employing this driver.
What a frightening thought; “nearly five times over the limit”. Drink drivers are bad enough, but that drunk, in the middle of the day? Seriously? What are these people thinking?
I’ve not done any digging into the story, because all I am concerned with is highlighting that this behaviour is unacceptable.
A few days after seeing this tweet, I watched a video from the dashcam of a drunk driver in their car. That too, showed just how little control the driver had of their vehicle – which, after steaming though 30mph villages at 50mph, eventually saw the driver ultimately smash into the rear of a parked car. Beforehand it had hit kerbs, roadside hedges and bollards at temporary roadworks.
I like a beer like the next man, but there’s a time and place for it, and before you are going to work, and driving – especially a truck – is wholly unforgivable.
As you know, driving a truck, especially an artic, is a skill. It’s an art. It’s not actually all that easy. No matter how long you’ve been driving, if you are not in a clear state of mind, then it you truck ceases to be a ‘truck’, it turns into a potentially lethal ‘weapon’.
Take your eyes of the road for a split second and you run the risk of causing untold damage if you have an accident. And not just damage that ca be repaired. You run the risk of killing someone. Someone innocent going about their daily business.
Could you live with that on your conscience? In short, how the hell can a ‘professional’ driver get in a truck when they are nearly five times over the limit and head out on the road? It simply beggars belief.
In short, please don’t drink and drive – any vehicle – at any time.