'Stop, look and listen' long forgotten
THE realisation that you're getting old can manifest itself in a variety of ways.
My first realisation that I'd crossed over into old age happened last week when reading about three recent pedestrian deaths, all linked to alcohol use.
Police suggestions the victims were passed out drunk and lying on the road prompted me to wonder where their mates where to leave them alone in such a state.
"That would never have happened in my day," I muttered, shaking my 32 year-old head.
The deaths have highlighted an increasing problem on and around Queensland roads.
State Government statistics show pedestrian fatalities are more than 50 percent higher than this time last year. About 40 percent of pedestrians killed nationally have a BAC higher than 0.05 and three quarters of these more than 0.15.
We all know alcohol affects our ability to make good decisions, so mates need to look out for one another and make sure everyone gets home safely - preferably in a taxi or with a designated driver.
Pedestrians have almost no protection in a collision and will always come off second best, so it's in our interests to pay attention and minimise distractions when crossing the road.
I'm old enough to remember the old 'stop, look and listen' road safety campaign. Nowadays, all I see are kids talking on mobiles or listening to music when walking.
That never would've happened in my day.