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#509651 - 21/04/18 08:05 PM Tesco trucker Drink driving on A38 today.
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The driver of an articulated 44 tonne lorry was stopped by police this afternoon on the A38 near Plymouth and breathalyzed and found to be 5 times over the legal limit, he has accompanied them to the police station.

Unbelievable but true swear.
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#509652 - 21/04/18 08:07 PM Re: Tesco trucker Drink driving on A38 today. [Re: +8Rich]
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How on earth did he manage to drive the truck ????
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#509656 - 21/04/18 08:12 PM Re: Tesco trucker Drink driving on A38 today. [Re: +8Rich]
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Five times over is very close to unconscious & death.. Scary, eh..? I bet he was hard to spot..!!
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#509657 - 21/04/18 08:13 PM Re: Tesco trucker Drink driving on A38 today. [Re: +8Rich]
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That is really dangerous.
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#509658 - 21/04/18 08:13 PM Re: Tesco trucker Drink driving on A38 today. [Re: +8Rich]
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I couldn't understand that either - I imagined at 5 times over you would be struggling to stand up sort of territory.

This came off the Devon and Cornwall Police site so it's for real.
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#509662 - 21/04/18 08:27 PM Re: Tesco trucker Drink driving on A38 today. [Re: +8Rich]
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How is that possible? My late brother was a HGV driver for the Royal Mail and the depot manager used to breathalyzer check 50 per cent of the Class 1 drivers when they signed on for a shift?

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#509664 - 21/04/18 08:32 PM Re: Tesco trucker Drink driving on A38 today. [Re: Arwyn Williams]
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That sounds like a very responsible precaution by the operators.
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#509678 - 21/04/18 09:19 PM Re: Tesco trucker Drink driving on A38 today. [Re: +8Rich]
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Originally Posted By +8Rich

I couldn't understand that either - I imagined at 5 times over you would be struggling to stand up sort of territory.


If the reported blood alcohol levels are correct, it sounds as if the guy is a 'functioning' alcoholic - in other words they are habituated to alcohol and can show few signs (slurred speech, balance, motor skills) even at levels that would debilitate or prove toxic to a normal person. It is remarkable that this was not picked up by their employer during periodic testing.
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#509683 - 21/04/18 10:07 PM Re: Tesco trucker Drink driving on A38 today. [Re: Arwyn Williams]
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Originally Posted By Arwyn Williams
How is that possible? My late brother was a HGV driver for the Royal Mail and the depot manager used to breathalyzer check 50 per cent of the Class 1 drivers when they signed on for a shift?

Arwyn



Maybe he was one of the OTHER 50%

Unless it is 100% testing across the board then people will carry on drinking.


How many here can say they dont drink and drive? even with a meal?


For the record by my intentions I am the party pooper when driving.


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#509686 - 21/04/18 10:15 PM Re: Tesco trucker Drink driving on A38 today. [Re: twotribes]
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Originally Posted By twotribes
Originally Posted By +8Rich

I couldn't understand that either - I imagined at 5 times over you would be struggling to stand up sort of territory.


If the reported blood alcohol levels are correct, it sounds as if the guy is a 'functioning' alcoholic - in other words they are habituated to alcohol and can show few signs (slurred speech, balance, motor skills) even at levels that would debilitate or prove toxic to a normal person. It is remarkable that this was not picked up by their employer during periodic testing.


That is a very scary thought, like you It seems hard to believe his employer was not aware of some kind of problem.
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