Obviously they were using the beer as a booster seat, and the sprog wriggled out of the seatbelt unobserverd...
Oz police have described themselves as "shocked and appalled" after pulling a driver near Alice Springs to discover he'd lovingly strapped in his slab of beer while leaving a five-year-old boy next to it without the benefit of a seatbelt. According to news.com.au, the driver of the car stopped on the Ross Highway last weekend …
If you're in a car crash, what's likely to do the most damage? An unrestrained small child, or a unrestrained keg of beer? I know what I'd prefer to have smash me in the back of the head.
Still doesn't explain why the didn't put it in the boot though. (The beer, not the kid!)
Around Alice Springs I can certainly believe it. It's kind of like Redneck country. Or Devon. Bear in mind that we're discussing a country where drink-driving is the norm, as well. In the US you have the right to carry a big gun and shoot anyone who looks at you funny. In Oz, you have the right to get beered up and drive home at 3am, vomiting out of the side window.
It's in the constitution. Or a charter. Or something.
"It's in the constitution. Or a charter. Or something."
Drink Drive, Bloody Idiot
This is one of the signs used to dissuade people from drink driving - To me its always sounded like the police are telling you to drink drive
Also - 30pk Beer? Was it west end Draught? Yuck, Stick me a Coopers Sparkling any day.
>Around Alice Springs I can certainly believe it. It's kind of like Redneck country. Or Devon.
Oi! I come from Devon..ex Devonian actually. But I have to agree with you!
The average IQ increased by 20 points when the the Meteorological Office moved its staff to Exeter (all those PhD's. (Ouch..that's gonna hurt some folks)
"If you're in a car crash, what's likely to do the most damage? An unrestrained small child, or a unrestrained keg of beer?"
Assuming that each of the 30 cans was 440ml, that's 13.2 litres of beer. That would weigh about 13.2 kilograms, assuming the weight of packaging and the difference in weight between water and beer (mostly water) is negligible.
A healthy five-year-old child should weigh at least that. I believe the average is around 18 kilos. So the answer is, the unrestrained keg of beer. Humans are damn heavy beasts.
Above based on Googling and assumptions from within my own head, so feel free to correct me.
Here in Ireland there used to be signs in various places that were supposed to make you think about road safety by including the priceless slogan of "(n) number of people died on roads in (county) last year. Who Cares?"
Which seemed remarkably callous, I thought ;-)
Sadly, most of the "Who Cares?" versions seem to have been removed, before I could get a camera to one of them. Maybe someone else has seen one and can tell me where they are now :-)
"If I were the kid, I'd also much rather that the object ejected through the windscreen be the the crate of tinnies that I'm probably not even going to get to drink."
What ARE you on about, you obviously didn't read it correctly or know anything about Australia at all! This bit:
"He didn't get it. I asked him about the fact the child was unrestrained and the beer was, and he said he didn't know anything about it."
That the reason the driver didn't know anyhing about it was because the tinnies belonged to the kid and he didn't want any of the thieving adults sitting around him to pinch any, so strapped them down and sat on 'em, quite logical and straightforward, this is Alice Springs after all
I guess bogan would be the closest answer but don't think it is the right match
Are the parents of chav's still referred to as chav's or it it just the young generation?
Also we don't really refer to the little hoddie wearing, hiphop/rap listening shits as bogans
And Jon I think you are confusing us with the kiwis
heart for the love we all feel for our inner bogan
Good work son.
BTW, your average Aussie beer can = 375ml
The posh imported stuff is usually only 330ml.
Given that it was Alice Springs and an unregged car, I guessing it wasn't the posh beer.
It was probably Emu Bitter. http://www.emubitter.com.au/home.asp
Not the best, but I'd drink it if it were cold.
Jon, it's New Zealand where the sheep are the girlfriends. We use actual women here in Australia.
And drink driving is very uncommon these days. "Random Breath Testing" has pretty much ended it, since the police tend to define "random" as "pull over every car they see even if it means making them queue up like it's a toll booth or something".
Now here's my stereotyping: Would I be correct in guessing the car was full of Aboriginal people, and it was a rusty old Commodore or Falcon?
Yes some of us can even spell - sorta
1. 30 cans maketh a block, a slab is 24.
2. New Zealanders (and the Welsh as per El Reg) shag sheep, Ozzies shag shielas except for Tasmanians who shag their sister-mother.
3. We export XXXX, we sure as hell don't drink it - it's crap.
4. We've got a higher GDP per head of population than the UK and inestimably better weather - so bugger off you whingers :-)
Just common sense. If you had an accident, you wouldn't want 30 cans of great beer flying around inside the car. You might get hurt and the product might get damaged. No that would be dangerous. But a kid is lighter and softer so that is better all round.
Any way what is there to hit any where near Alice?
Grumpy Old Git
"I was led to believe that the Aussies can drink, not that they are a bunch of girly poofs who drink beer in just over half-pint measures."
Aussies CAN drink! The 30 can block would have been the beer supply for one person alone. No point having too much in a can, means it takes longer to drink and you risk it getting warm.
Once it's warm you can't drink it, so it goes to waste, and wasting a beer is an indictable offense around here.
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