I was driving the diesel Golf southbound along Lady Denman Drive on Saturday afternoon with Mrs and Master Alderney when we happened on a police car blocking all traffic heading in that direction and funnelling it into a car park area for ‘random’ breath testing.
Now, I’m all for the police ensuring that drink impaired drivers are taken off the road. I don’t want to share the road with those so afflicted whilst driving around with my wife and child anymore than most of you, but there was absolutely nothing random about this at all. Every driver travelling along this section of road was subjected to a test.
There was only two police performing the tests, however in the time I was lined up before going on my way, one was otherwise occupied with a driver who it appeared was not in any trouble for his breath analysis, but for some other reason. He was quite obviously not being allowed to go anywhere using his car.
However, apart from a lack of any ‘randomness’ in the testing of drivers, there appeared to be no-one policing any vehicles that might have come around the bend, seen the bank-up of cars with a police van advertising a ‘random’ breath test, and done a u-turn, as any drink impaired driver with a modicum of nous would have done.
So, when did the random go out of random breath test?
For the record I counted (1 to 10) and was allowed on my way.