Don’t be a drink driver!
I’ve been meaning to post for a while about a term I saw in a BBC news article: DRINK-DRIVING
Don’t be fooled like me – this is not a term exlusively for drinking while driving, or having open containers or the like. Still, the wording seems to imply a much more active process than plain old “drunk driving.” Likewise, we have also recently heard the term drug driving – which might introduce an interesting “all squares are rectangles but not all rectangles are squares” type of argument.
Luckily, the UK’s Department for Transport (DfT) has it all covered at it’s driving home page. The sections are: Drink driving, Driver tiredness, Driving for work, Drug driving, Horse sense, etc.
[Before addressing the obvious, let me just make a quick interlude about capitalization. This is affecting my work – apparently the notion of what I would call “title case” is virtually non-existent here, which I find odd. Statements or headings only capitalize the first letter of the first word and not subsequent words.]
But I digress…HORSE SENSE… Given the previous categories, you might think that this has to do with drunk horses, or riding horses under the influence, but it is instead just some general advice about meeting horses on the road (for the record, I think horses are bigger than some British cars, and they at least have four legs unlike that 3-wheeled car we saw a few days back).
To conclude, I also came across http://www.drinkdriving.org, with a wealth of info (including a link for drink driving insurance, which seems like a virtual necessity in a country of alcoholics). There is also an interesting list of BAC limits in various countries throughout the world; the UK is the same as the US, which is tied with many other countries for the highest legal limit. Many other European countries are lower at 0.05. In fact, many countries apparently have zero tolerance, including (among others) Afghanistan, Brazil, Morocco, and Russia (perhaps Vodka is excluded). Who knew?
It does seem that there is a pervasive culture of drinking here in the UK, but I’ll have to save that for another post!