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Drink Driving Culture in Cairns

live in cairns - drink driving in cairns (2)Cairns comes with a certain type of lifestyle that some residents take to the extreme. Unfortunately, one of these is drink driving. When you live in Cairns you’ll soon catch on that Cairns is notorious for it. So notorious that it has reached near epidemic status.

You see, the thing about living in the tropics is that the relaxed lifestyle brings with it a demeanour that inherently… relaxed. People that live in Cairns are just chilled out. They live in the tropics, why wouldn’t they be? Well… it’s all good unless it comes to the combination of alcohol and a vehicle.

I’ve written articles about the drivers in Cairns before and I’m almost certain that many of them are either drunk or high. Yeah, I went there, yet I have to share this with you because it’s important.

live in cairns - drink driving in cairnsThe police up here blitz regularly. They also do it at irregular times of the day, regardless of weekends or weekdays. Is it really worth it? If you lose your license in Cairns, you’re stuffed. Seriously, relying on public transport to get around Cairns sucks. When you live in Cairns for a while you will realise this. Cairns is no big city and Cairns bus services are just as relaxed as everyone else.

I’m not saying I’m an angel. I’ve been guilty of the odd short run to the shops and back or just around the corner when I’m fully aware that I’m probably over the limit. Most of us have been guilty of it at one point or another… ahem… but we’re getting off the topic!

Here’s some advice for you if you plan to drink and drive in Cairns…

1. Don’t do it!

2. Swallow your key before you decide to turn the ignition on.

3. Organise a taxi or designated driver.

4. If you took my advice about the key, you need to get to the hospital. Seriously… I’m no doctor, but that’s probably not good for your body.

If you live in Cairns or are just up for a holiday, the same rule applies. Don’t drink and drive. Stay safe and keep your license.


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