飲酒運転

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Last month there was an accident that killed three children. Their SUV was struck by a drunk (and also unlicensed/uninsured) driver. The SUV went over a bridge railing and sank in a large river. The parents were unable to rescue their kids.

Because of this traumatic event, we have at least one news story each day about drunk driving (inshu unten ・ 飲酒運転). Police have had nationwide sweeps going on. Many establishments are taking keys when customers enter and calling taxis for anyone having drinks.

I came across a section in the book I am reading now, which struck me because it refers to a drunk driving accident, but also for a much stranger reason…

“I see by the paper that he was thrown from his cabriolet last night and severely injured, and that his life is in some danger,” answered Ralph with great composure; “but I see nothing extraordinary in that – accidents are not miraculous events, when men live hard and drive after dinner.”

… this was published in a book in 1839. Drunk driving accidents are not a recent invention. I wonder if literature contains an older reference to such a problem.

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2 Responses to “飲酒運転”

  1. kevenker Says:

    I wonder how many people have died falling off their horses while drunk?

  2. びっくり Says:

    Sir Mulberry Hawk didn’t just fall off: he had a nasty wreck against a wall. Of course, this was partially caused by Nicholas: jumping onto the running board; grabbing the reins to restrain the horses; and beating Sir Mulberry after the horses had already been whipped into a frenzy.

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