Saturday, December 16
Quite a few mornings this last week I have had jobs which took me down the many narrow rural lanes which surround Barrow. And It's been the same story every morning, lots of extra traffic all busily avoiding the main roads into town. The first time I come across this I wondered why would they all be down these back lanes, are the main roads blocked, has there been an accident. But early the next morning it was just as busy, and when I slowed to let traffic pass in some of the single track sections the truth became apparent. Bloodshot bleary eyes struggling to focus and the way they struggled to get through the adequate gap told me that a lot of these drivers had been to the firms Christmas party the previous night. The back lanes are being used as a rat run to try and avoid the police spotting them on the main routes and breathalysing them. Most of these fine upstanding citizens would have booked taxi's or arranged transport to take them home the previous night, and yet here they are taking exactly the same risks and breaking the same laws the next morning. The fact is that it's the next day when most drivers are caught and prosecuted, and going down the back lanes is not the safe option, you never know you may bump into another drunk driver. Come on folks get a lift or better still get a taxi.