Only four or five On The Beat's until Christmas, how time flies.
Time was flying so fast last week that I missed the deadline, so I am sure that you are just busting to see what is in this week's possible Pulitzer prize winning episode.
One thing that I would like to remind you of, seeing that Christmas is close is in relation to big nights out on the grog.
Imagine this - you are at a Christmas party and everything is going well.
You are in the groove, everyone is laughing at your jokes and the liquor is going down nice and smooth.
You don't care about the time because this is the best party you have been to for years and you forget how much grog you have consumed.
The next morning you wake up to a throbbing headache, dry mouth and hazy memories of the night before.
It's 6:30 am and you have to get up and go to work.
After a quick shower, you get dressed and suddenly look forward to an egg and bacon roll from the cafe just up the road.
Off you go, heading down the road towards egg and bacon roll heaven.
But what's this? The police are on the side of the road with a stationary breath test station set up.
The flashing blue and red lights are just not helping the hangover at all.
All of a sudden you are trying to count the drinks that you had last night in your head while simultaneously trying to remember what time you stopped drinking and what type of liquor was consumed.
Too late, a police officer motions to you to pull over and you find yourself parked in the RBT site.
The officer is walking towards you with a breathalyzer.
The officer stops at your door and says, "Good morning sir, you have been stopped for the purpose of a random breath test.
"Have you had anything alcoholic to drink today?"
This is the stage where your heart rate rises at the same rate as your anxiety. The feeling of impending doom overtakes you.
You blow in the breathalyzer and wait for the result, telling yourself, "It's all good" over and over again, however even you don't believe that it will be "all good".
Suddenly the results are in and a couple of minutes later you see the RBT site disappearing behind you.
You also see your car on the side of the road.
Why? Because you are in the back of a police car heading to the police station for a breath analysis.
The rest will be history, a criminal record, loss of job, embarrassment and the list goes on.
The simple message is - be very mindful of how much intoxicating liquor you consume the night before.
Allow enough time between the end of the party and when you need to drive to allow for your body to metabolize the alcohol, otherwise this could be your story.
Remember you can Dob in a Druggie any time you like by contacting Nowra Police or ringing Crime Stoppers. Do not drink and drive. As always, in case of an emergency call 000. In non-emergencies call the Policelink on 131 444 or your local police station. To provide anonymous information call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000. For domestic and family violence information, visit www.police.nsw.gov.au. For Shoalhaven Domestic Violence officers call 4421 9666 or 4421 9665 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don't forget, cops are tops.