Thursday, 18 June 2009

Looking Back - Drink-Drive Limit To Be Introduced

On this day in 1965, the government announced it was to introduce a blood alcohol limit for drivers in the UK. Anyone found to be driving when over the set limit would be penalised in the hope it would deter drivers from drink driving and make roads safer. The move came as the number of road accidents continued to rise despite a press campaign highlighting the dangers of drink driving. Existing road safety laws were also to be reinforced in a major crackdown by the government. A government spokesman announcing the plans said as yet it was unknown what the blood alcohol limit would be or how it would be tested.

The Home Office and police were to enforce the new law when it was revealed in the Road safety Bill expected the following year.

The move was part of the government's campaign to make people take more care on the roads and look out for themselves, other drivers and pedestrians.

In January 1966 the new Road Safety Bill was introduced. It set a limit of 80mg of alcohol in 1000cc of blood and it became an offence to drive when over this limit.

In 1967 the breathalyser was introduced as a way of testing a person's blood alcohol level.

The introduction of the drink drive limit dramatically reduced the number of accidents caused by being drunk when driving. However campaigners and the government continued to promote the 'Don't drink and drive' message.

Car Of The Future?

The Nissan FCV (fuel cell vehicle) is on display at Imperial College, London. The hydrogen-powered vehicle can drive up to 300 miles before refilling and has a maximum speed of 95 miles per hour. Click on the video link below to watch Emma Simpson take you on a test drive! Watch in full screen mode.

Mother Goose

Brainteaser - Yesterday's Answer

Yesterday's brainteaser asked you to make a connection between the words listed. The answer is as follows:

In each word the fourth letter is a 'K'

Well done if you spotted the connection.

Pilots And Mechanics

Taken from actual Qantas so called 'gripe sheets' on which pilots report any problems to mechanics after each flight.

Pilot: Suspected crack in windshield.
Mechanic: Suspect you're right.

Pilot: Number 3 engine missing.
Mechanic: Engine found on right wing after brief search.

Pilot: Aircraft handles funny.
Mechanic: Aircraft warned to straighten up, fly right, and be serious.

Pilot: Target radar hums
Mechanic: Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics.

Pilot: Mouse in cockpit.
Mechanic: Cat installed.

Pilot: Noise coming from under instrument panel. Sounds like a midget pounding on something.
Mechanic: Took hammer away from midget.

The Old One's Are The Best

A man is dining in a fancy restaurant and there is a gorgeous redhead sitting at the nex table. He has been checking her out since he sat down, but lacks the nerve to talk with her.
Suddenly she sneezes, and her glass eye comes flying out of its socket toward the man. He reflexively reaches out, grabs it out of the air, and hands it back.
"Oh! my. I am so sorry," the woman says as she pops her eye back in place.......
"Let me buy your dinner to make it up to you," she says.
They enjoy a wonderful dinner together, and afterwards they go to the theatre, followed by drinks. They talk, they laugh, she shares her deepest dreams and he shares his. She listens.
After paying for everything, she asks him if he would like to come to her place for a nightcap and stay for breakfast. They had a wonderful, wonderful time.
The next morning, she cooks a gourmet meal with all the trimmings. The guy is amazed. Everything had been so incredible!
"You know," he said, "you are the perfect woman. Are you this nice to every guy you meet?"
"No," she replies.........

Wait for it.......

It's coming......

The suspense is killing you, isn't it?

She says
"You just happened to catch my eye".

(Oh shut up, and stop groaning!)

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