BACOLOD CITY – Beer, gin, tequila, absinthe, vodka, whisky or brandy.
Whatever your poison, whatever the brew, mixing it with driving can have fatal, if not disastrous, results.
Local police spokesman Ariel Pico doesn’t want to sound like the Grinch who stole Christmas but he has a word or two for those who love their brew: just be careful.
In the season of lechon and Christmas parties, Pico notes the occurence of single-car accidents recently, usually in early morning.
On 18 December alone, two accidents took place along Araneta Street that leads to the southern national highway.
One person, Herman Abrot Sr., 62 was killed when a vehicle driven Eric Lapi-an crashed into him as Lapi-an made a left turn to Araneta Street from Lizares Avenue at a very fast clip.
Abrot died instantly, police said.
It was around 2:20am of 18 December when the incident took place.
More than an hour later, less than five kilometers away, Jay Philip Uy. 29, was driving his pickup truck too fast, police said.
It veered off course and hit an electric post then rammed a pedicab and tricycle before plowing into three shanties or “mini houses,” as described in the police blotter.
The truck was wrecked and the driver is now being treated for his injuries.
Pico said since the beginning of the month, businesses and offices have been holding parties where food and drinks mix.
“There is a potential for a driver to be drunk,” he said but clarified he is not concluding the two drivers involved in the recent accidents were drunk.