This time of year like with every year many people are in a festive and partying mood, and with that mood comes drinking (the alcohol type of drinking I mean).
Now some people are not only going to go to parties and drink, but also drive home after they have done drinking. In other words, drunk driving.
Now there are many things that I have noticed about drunk driving, but I have narrowed it down to five different things.
So here are five things I've noticed about drunk driving:
5. It's costly.
If you get pulled over by the police while you are drunk, it's going to cost you quite a bit.
The fines you can pay for being found guilty of drunk driving can be upwards in the thousands of dollars, not to mention the lawyers fees, court costs, loss of pay from the days you'll miss from work for when you go to court, or if you have to go to jail, loss of income if you get fired your job because of this, increases in insurance rates, having your car taken away by the state... and that's only if you don't hit someone.
If you actually do hit someone then those thousands quickly turn into tens of thousands of dollars, even hundreds of thousands of dollars, because not only do you have to deal with everything I mentioned above (many of which the cost of and time will increase) you'll also have to pay whomever you hit after they sue you (or if their loved ones sue you if you kill that person) and in the end it can end up costing you every penny you have, plus your freedom.
4. There are better alternatives to it.
If you're planning on drinking this holiday season (or any time for that matter) and you need to get home, there are far better alternatives than getting behind the wheel of a vehicle and turning it into a one and a half ton weapon.
You could call a cab. You could call a friend to drive you home. You can have a designated driver at whatever party you go to inorder to drive you home. You could moderate your drinks to one drink an hour, and have water and food along with your drink, and not drink for atleast an hour and a half before you drive home, and not drink anything with a high alcohol content. Or you could just not drink at all.
Regardless of what you do it is far better to do something other than driving home drunk.
3. It's socially unacceptable.
Lets be honest, who wants to be around a person who has been convicted of drunk driving, especially if you killed someone as a result? Not me, and not to many other people do either.
Face it, not to many people want to be around a person who has been convicted of a crime, especially one as reckless and stupid as drunk driving. People do not want to associate with people whom willing put other people's lives at risk, especially when there is no reason to do so.
Besides just ruining your social life by people not wanting to associate with you, it can ruin your social life by leaving you unable to go anywhere. You could lose your license, or your insurance, or your car, or your movements could be restricted by court order. Or you could just be sent to jail, the ultimate social life killer.
2. It's deadly.
Around 40% of all the fatal automobile crashes that occur are the result of alcohol being involved.
Drunk driving kills thousands of people every year, and not just the drunk driver themselves, but passengers being driven home by the driver, and innocent people in other vehicles who are not drunk and are just trying to get from one place to another (or trying to get home).
Not only does drinking increase you likelihood of getting into a deadly automobile crash, the more you drink the odds of getting into a deadly car crash increases even more so.
1. It's stupid.
The fact is that drunk driving is one of the dumbest things a person can do. It can result in a person going to prison, being left broke, losing friends, losing their job, killing themselves, and killing someone else.
What makes drunk driving especially stupid isn't just what I just stated bove, it's also the fact that it's completely preventable. No one has to die because of someone else's selfishness and stupidity. Either have someone drive you home, or don't drink, it's that simple.
If you drink, do not drive!