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saintjohngrrl
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I will be visiting St. John for the 3rd time this fall and am wondering...how much trouble do you get into if you are caught driving after consuming alcohol? It seems that everyone is at some point, drinking at the beach, then driving to another destination. Or, drinking at lunch/dinner, then driving to the beach, etc.

I asked around on the island before and most folks laughed it off, saying, "the only thing you'll get a ticket for here is not wearing your seat belt." Is this true? I saw lots of people with beer in their Jeep cup holders while there. Is that an ok thing to do?

I'm not planning to get wasted and drive while visiting by any means! But what if we choose to have a few beers with dinner and drive back to our villa? If we get pulled over, will we be arrested?

I hope that I don't sound like an irresponsible vacationer/driver. I'm just trying to be realistic about typical island behavior and potential consequences of behaving like everyone else! ha!

Thanks!

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debi t
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A much bigger concern to me were the driving conditions. Roads are really narrow, winding, steep grades up and down and most have no shoulder -- it's either mountain [uphill side] or cliff [downhill side]. Add to this the driving on the left and the fact that busses, taxis, trucks etc. drive fast [as do regular drivers...natives and tourists alike]. Oh one last concern, we encountered many vehicles driving more towards the middle than left [due to speed, curves, tourist etc] ...SO I didn't want to drink and drive...regardless of what the legal consequences are. Of course, this is my opinion only.

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Chris at Work
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This is not to provide approval but like everywhere else, if nothing bad happens it's OK. A few beers are not going to be an issue unless you can't hold your liquor. The problem comes when you should stop at 2 and don't, thinking it won't make a difference.
Police don't stand around looking out for drunks, let alone tipsy drivers. They rely on people to be responsible. That's the key...be responsible.

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Lonnie
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All you all crazy? Why are you debating the concept of drinking and driving? Do you think it matters that you're driving on St. John? The answer is no no no and no. It is againste the law to drink and drive!

Have someone in your party be a designated driver as you would in any other place. Just because these are the Islands does not mean that you should sacrifice the safety of the people in your car and those in other vehicles for a couple of drinks. Did you forget that you will be driving on the left? On roads that are scary to sober people? Get real!

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Wallaby69
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Because they are answering a question.   It is not against the law to drink and drive in St. John’s.  Or as you spell it in your country -Against-Whatever your moral objections the question didn’t say is it advisable to drink and drive.  Keep your opinion to yourself. Just answer the question or shut up

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Nick
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I certainly prefer that people not drink and drive. Alcohol never improved anyone's driving. Driving on STJ can be a challenge. To drive on unfamiliar roads--roads that are steep, narrow, winding, unlit, sometimes poorly maintained---in a vehicle that you're not used to driving--and drive on the left side (in a vehicle built to be driven on the right side)-----I really would hope that the people I'm sharing the road with are at least sober.

Also, fyi, it is illegal to drive with an open container in the VINP:

http://www.stjohntradewindsnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=231&Itemid=38

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