drink driving in queensland

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From the state where drink driving is considered a sport,

comes a true story from the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

Recently a routine police patrol parked outside a local

neighbourhood tavern. Late in the evening the officer

noticed a man leaving the bar so intoxicated that he could barely


The man stumbled around the car park for a few minutes,

with the officer quietly observing. After what seemed an

eternity and trying his keys on five vehicles, the man managed to

find his car, which he fell into. He was there for a few minutes as a


of other patrons left the bar and drove off. Finally he started the

car, switched the wipers on and off (it was a fine dry night),

flicked the indicators on, then off, tooted the horn and then switched

on the lights.

He moved the vehicle forward a few cm, reversed a little and

then remained stationary for a few more minutes as some more

vehicles left.

At last he pulled out of the car park and started to drive

slowly down the road. The police officer, having patiently

waited all this time, now started up the patrol car, put on the

flashing lights, promptly pulled the man over and carried out a

breathalyser test.

To his amazement the breathalyser indicated no evidence of

the man's intoxication.

The police officer said "I'll have to ask you to accompany

me to the Police station - this breathalyser equipment must be


"I doubt it," said the man, "tonight I'm the designated decoy".

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