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Seatbelt for beer slab not 5-year-old, police say

Discussion in 'The Pub' started by pete, May 13, 2008.

  1. A driver who buckled up his slab of beer - but not the five-year-old boy sitting next to it - has shocked police who pulled him over near Alice Springs.

    Constable Wayne Burnett said he was "shocked and appalled" when he pulled over the Holden Commodore on the Ross Highway south of the desert town on the weekend.

    "I haven't ever seen something like this before," he said.

    "Sure we get beer out of vehicles that is being taken into restricted areas but this is the first time that the beer has taken priority over a child."

    He said the driver of the car "just looked at me blankly" when he was handed a $750 fine for driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle, and failing to ensure a child is wearing a seatbelt.

    "He didn't get it," Const Burnett said.

    "I asked him about the fact the child was unrestrained and the beer was, and he said he didn't know anything about it."

    Const Burnett said there were five people in the car, including the child, along with the 30 pack of beer.

    "There were four adults in the car, two in the front seat and two in the back seats and in between those adults there was the carton of beer strapped in with the belt," he said.

    "The child was sitting in the lump in the centre, unrestrained."

    Superintendent Sean Parnell of Alice Springs police said he was appalled by the incident.

    "This serves as a timely reminder to all drivers to ensure they wear seatbelts and ensure as is their responsibility that all passengers in their vehicle are secured in the appropriate manner," he said in a statement.


  2. Stands to reason. You can make a new kid for nothing but a slab's half your week's dole :shock: .
  3. Actually, you get paid for the new kid.
  4. And the bonus pays for a lot of beer. And kids go to sleep quicker if there's beer in their bottle.... :grin:

    Yes, I am going to hell for that one
  5. What an idiot!!!!! I'd just tie the kid to the roof rack.

    Otherwise, it's Alice Springs, the kids gotta go on his 'Walkabout' soon anyway. He may as well get it out of the way :)
  6. The big question is, why was there 30 beers in the slab... surely even if they were in the driveway of the drive-thru they should have been down to 26...

    Hey, I just thought of the best drink driving excuse ever...

    "sorry orificer, I had to drink all them beers... needed to make room for the littleun you see"...

  7. gold.

    what about the boot for Christs sake though

    ...surely they could have put the kid in there :p
  8. WTF?
    Then where would he have put the slab of Bundy and Coke for the shelas?

  9. AHahah! this one made my first laugh of the day
  10. wonder what sort of beer it was? :?
  11. probably "Toohey's Dark"...


    runs and hides...
  12. The main thing is, no beer got hurt. :)
  13. Nah I think it was XXXX...............easier to spell than BEER. :LOL:
  14. Would have but they didn't have the key! :wink: