From the State where drink driving is considered a sport, comes a true
story from Carrick-on-drinking Ireland.
Recently a routine Gardai patrol parked outside a local neighbourhood
Late in the evening the Garda noticed a man leaving the bar so
intoxicated that he could barely walk.
The man stumbled around the car park for a few minutes, with the Garda
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 number 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 Garda, 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 Breathalyzer test.
To his amazement theBreathalyzer indicated no evidence of the man having
consumed alcohol at all!
Dumbfounded, the Garda said "I'll have to ask you to accompany me to the
Police station this Breathalyzer equipment must be broken."
"I doubt it," said the man, "tonight I'm the designated decoy".