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Driving Safely at Christmas!

Posted by Joel Hibbons on December 21, 2011 at 00:22:22:

This is a drink driving message.

Christmas party - Christmas Party - every night this week. Driving in to Castlebar from Turlough last night I started at the undertakers 'Bit of a Christmas Do' in Rockys - a few (just 2) pints. Then on to the Irish House with a stop off in McCarthy's at the Celtic Christmas Party. Finally up to the TF or is it the Royal for a bit of a laff. Honestly I can't remember who was hosting that particular party. In fact was I in the TF or the Royal or the Harlequin? Tis a bit of a blur and I realised that Guinness and fine tawny port and jameson is all very well but how do I get home safely. This is the main message I wish to put over.

At that stage - it was only about 23:15 or so - I realised that I had had a bit too much to go back to my car in the Supervalu car park near Rockys where I had attended my first Xmas Party of the night and then drive home. I had been listening to the road safety messages from Gay Byrne and Noel Gibbons and was paying attention.

So I did the right thing - I decided to take the bus home instead of my car.

So -down to Stephen Garvey's Way just around the corner from the TF opposite the empty former toy store and around the corner from Argos - it only took a few minutes from the bar to the bus stop. Luckily there was a bus waiting and I took it. (Of course I had first gone to Flannellys down on Main Street before I realised they had moved the bus stop!)

I took the bus though at Stephen Garvey's Way. I'm not sure how I got home really - I really was a bit concerned - but I made it home safely in spite of all that drink.

My main worry was that I had never driven a bus before - especially one of those big CIE buses that was parked there at Stephen Garvey Way waiting for me.

Should I ring CIE and let them know where they can pick up their vehicle?

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