Where are the old time traffic cops? Not that I was ever a big drinker and it has been well over 40 years since I have been guilty of even the slightest form of drink driving.
I recall one evening back in the 1970’s when I was pulled over by a traffic cop for driving along Railway Avenue Mt Isa in my 1959 Ford Fairlane. (similar to photo right)
I loved that car. It had a huge Canadian V8.
The Cop asked me why I was driving on the Highway at only 10 miles an hour?. I explained to him that “I was drunk and did not want to run anybody over“. That I was nearly home as I lived in the B.S.D barracks (a few hundred yards up the road)
I recall the Policeman severely shaking his head. He then escorted me home following me in the Police car. When when arrived the barracks the cop gave me the biggest bollocking I ever had and threatened to drive me five miles out of town and make me walk home if was ever caught drunk at the wheel again.
Back in those days I was earning good money. I could happily pay whatever fine that he could impose. But The thought of walking five miles home drunk was scary enough to keep me driving sober for the next 40 years.
I have told this story many times, hoping nobody ever followed it up by locating the cop concerned. I am guessing that by now he has safely retired. . So I can Blog about it without worrying about causing this Old Time Cop any repercussions.