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Old 19 October 2013, 01:25 AM
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Icon24 Drunken Brit, stupid French cop

Comment: Is this true?

True story reported by an British guy who was stopped and asked to give a
breathalyzer test.

The British guy lives near Le Bugue in the Dordogne and at the time he was
stopped he was as pis*ed as a fart...

The gendarme signals to him to wind down the window then asks him if he
has been drinking, and with a slurring speech the British guy replies;
'Yes, this morning I was at my (hic)..daughter's wedding, and as I don't
like church much I went to the cafe opposite and had several beers.'
'Then during the wedding banquet I seem to remember downing three great
bottles of wine; (hic)... a corbieres, a Minervois and (hic)...a

'Then to finish off during the celebrations.... and (hic) during the
evening and my mate downed two bottles of Johnny Walker's black

Getting impatient the gendarme warns him; 'Do you understand I'm a
policeman and have stopped you for an alcohol test'?

The Brit, with a grin on his face, replies; 'Do you understand that I'm
British, like my car, which is right-hand-drive, and that my wife is
actually sitting in the other seat, which is the one behind the steering
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Old 21 October 2013, 01:20 PM
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Whether that story is true or not, it did happen to a friend of mine. Not a friend of a friend but an actual friend. The stop wasn't for DUI or anything serious, just illegal lights and the car was a right hand drive Japanese model. And the stop was in Arizona.

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Old 21 October 2013, 01:32 PM
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My husband was passing a van on the highway last week, looked over, and was shocked to see the driver was asleep - head forward, out like a light. He was just about to tap his horn to try and wake the guy when he realized there was no steering wheel.
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Old 28 September 2014, 06:31 PM
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Well this is a news story from Belgium, with apologies for the poor translation

So this Belgian chap drives a Renault Espace made for the South African market- Right hand drive. He gleefully admits to having drunk quite a bit. But his wife Katelijne in the passenger seat gets to blow, and passes with flying colours. She gets a special "BOB" ("Conciously non-drinking driver") key-chain as a reward! So yeah, I guess this really does happen...
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Old 28 September 2014, 09:27 PM
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When I lived in the UK we had imported our Canadian car. On two separate occasions we were stopped essentially for not paying attention on the road. Once, my wife was asleep. She never even woke up during the traffic stop. As soon as the constable saw that there was no steering wheel on the "driver's" side of the car, he let me go. No checking the licence or registration.

Second time, it was my wife stopped because she had a 12 year old in the car and the constable thought it might have been a joy rider.

Neither time was a hassle.
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Old 29 September 2014, 01:23 PM
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The left or right driver's seat does make for some funny sight gags, like Ted Knight & Chevy Chase in Caddyshack, when Rodney Dangerfield drives his Rolls onto the golf course:

"Don't play games with me, Ty! Put that steering wheel over here where it belongs, and get this out of here!"
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