OK christmas is just around the corner. You get your leave or holiday if you are a civvi. You plan a night out and then-you start to ponder as you get ready to go on the pull- The thought process may be as follows- As you get ready I'ts a long way into town-mmm-maybe there won't be any taxis-mmm-what if I pull a bird-mmm-fck it I will take my car, I won't drive home piised-no that's right fck it. The night out begins Fckin hell my mates are all piissing it up and having a great time-mmm-I don't want to look like a loser-mmmm-fck it I will just have a pint-mmm-should I have halves-mmm-no fck it I will just look like a fcking puusy in front of my mates-I will have a pint -just one. The night drifts on well I've had two pints-mmm-fck it a couple more wont hurt-it's fcking great in here, loads of birds yeeehaaa-yes just another pint. Later that night Your so called mates say to you, "whats up can't you handle a few beers-come on have another you boring twaat". mmm-you think to yourself maybe just one more- now your mind may start to shift from- I will just have two pints to- I will not get stopped by the police- fck it I will have a couple more. Yeeeeaaaahhhh, whooohooo, fcking great night-reasoning has left you at this point and you really will feel like you are still being sensible. Closing time. Where did I park my fcking car-oh yes I remember-fck me I'm piised. How many did I have-mm-oh fck it- I will never get a taxi now-anyway my money is all gone now. your so called mates may say "come on you can drive us home-we haven't got the money for a taxi it's all gone. fck it you will be alright -come on-come on. There aren't many cops about". At this stage with the keys in your pocket and your piised up peers goading you on-you may make one of the most serious errors of judgement in your lifetime-you decide to drive home piised up. BAD CHOICE. My brother a fireman who has a commendation for saving a mans life during a fire told me this story once-now I must stress he never usually ever talks about his job-even to me-yet this was one job that really upset him. Here's the story-I have remembered it for a good few years-he told me- I was on watch one night near christmas-we got a call out saying that there had been a car crash-RTA. We were told that two people were just injured. when we got to the scene there was two men standing by two smashed up cars. we all got out and assesed the scene. I went up to the two young blokes and said was there one of you in each car then. After some time one of the blokes said-no we crashed into that other car. I asked them where the other driver was-"we don't know" they said. It was clear to me that they were both piised up. I walked off and we took torches from the tender and searched the area. Then as we searched the area the police turned up and breathalised the driver of the other car. He was well over the limit. Still even though the blue lights were flashing and police were now all over the scene we continued the search. The ambulance then arrived on the scene. After some more time I came across a young woman laying twisted on the grass bank. we called over the ambulance team and after some time she was pronounced dead. All of the focus now changed to the two blokes, the drunk driver was arrested and the whole scene started to become more organised. Yet one thing sticks in my mind-I turned around and the woman was still laying on the grass bank dead-so very young-someones daughter-all those years of investment-gone in a flash. I walked over to her-she was almost unmarked from the crash. I reached down and gently pulled her skirt over her exposed twisted legs- to cover her up-to give her some respect. The blokes were piissed up yet they were not injured-it's so damned unfair. Please remember that true story and think about that woman- before you drink and drive. Tips. 1.Allocate a driver before you go out. 2.Ensure that he knows that he is not going to drink at all- all night. 3.Buy him all his soft drinks all night. 4.Pre book taxis for the night out book a return journey and arrange a pick up time and place. 5.If you have got to take your car then take a good quality sleeping bag with you. Then at the end of the night get into the car an into your sleeping bag and go to sleep. A good quality sleeping bag will keep you warm and you will not die of exposure if you are in the dry and in a good sleeping bag-trust me I have slept cozy outside in a sleeping bag and bivvi bag in rain storms and snow storms many, many times. I have also slept in my car with a sleeping bag after nights out on the piish. A policeman once came upto my car in the early hours and asked me why I was sleeping in my car. when I told him that I had been for a night out and did not want to drive home-he said "great idea-well have a good night-see you". Then he walked away. Waking up warm and dry and then going for breakfast at mcdonalds is great and you will still have your life and your licence. 6.Don't try to walk home as you may either get run over or fall asleep and die of the cold. I once peddled a bike twenty five miles in the dark without lights when piissed just for a shaag. 'Stupid choice'. 7.Take your keys out of the ignition if you are sleeping in your car in your sleeping bag. This will stop you from being arrested by an over keen policeman who may say you are 'drunk in charge of a vehicle'. 8.So plan your night out and stick to the plan-just make sure you don't drink and drive and end up killing yourself or some other innocent person. Merry Christmas to you all - now fck off behave and have a good one.