Monday, November 09, 2009

Propaganda and Drink Driving Limits

from agnes at the bar in godley's, fenit;

So they are at it again. How in god's name can I sit in every night talking to meself while drinking canned draught arthur g. and a few small ones. I'll be on me arse in no time, and may well set fire to settee once more.

Look at the official stats from the CSO. 285 deaths with motor vehicles. How many were drunk or had just the one? Does it matter? If they were all piss heads it still represents 1% of the deaths in 2006.

How much money is spent each year in preventing the other causes of death? You can guess the answer. What budgets are set aside for PR, advertising, staff in the other areas? What 'celeb' is running any other agency to promote that particular cause?

1%. And how many of that 1% fell asleep at the wheel. Sneezed and lost control. Got blinded by headlights. Died because there was no road sign. Died because of road conditions. Bald tyres. Faulty Brakes. Junior in the back was causing a rumpus.

Still 1% ? 285 died because of drink? I don't think so.

I am not in favour of drink driving. I do want at least to be able to have a couple of pints over an hour or two and drive home. As I said before, out here there are no Luas, Dart, Arrow, DrinkLink, Bus or taxi. If you count €40 round trip fare to my local as a taxi service then you must be Sean Fitpatrick.


Grandad said...

Heh! We're shooting at the same target today!

There is no menton on that list of suicide, yet that accounts for twice as many deaths as die on the roads. What are they doing about that? Damn all.

Why this obsession with road safety and smoking?

Kerryview said...

suicide must be in the 'remainder' column. unfortunate moniker.
this whole nonsense of drink driving limits is a govt. distraction from the real problems in our society. Pure Propaganda. Goebbels would be proud of -"If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it".

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