There is no doubt you see ads for avoiding drunk driving all the time. But do you really understand the gravity of drunk driving, and the irreversible consequences it can carry? Here are five reasons you should never drink and drive:
You need your drivers license. Driving is a privilege. If you abuse that privilege, then you face losing it. When you drink and drive, you are taking the risk of being pulled over for reckless driving, or even worse, driving under the influence (DUI). A DUI is a very serious charge that can result in you losing your drivers license for a very long time.
You might die. It is a known fact that drinking slows down your reaction time, which makes you much more susceptible to making driving mistakes. Almost everyone knows someone who has died in a drunk driving accident. Don’t become one of the statistics. On top of that, don’t put yourself in the position to be a murderer at the wheel (sometimes it’s not the driver that dies).
You might not die. This may sound silly to you at first, but consider that you may survive a drunk driving accident, in which case you must think about the alternative to dying. You could end up severely disfigured, mentally challenged, in chronic pain, paralyzed, or otherwise disabled for life. It’s safe to say that some of these circumstances may be even harder for you to deal with than death, and all for one night of “fun.”
It’s not cool to take chances when lives are involved. Sure, you may get lucky and make it to your destination after having a couple of cold ones, but the fact of the matter is that drunk driving accidents do happen, and one can certainly happen to you. Considering the fact that many of these accidents result in untimely and tragic deaths, is that really a chance you should even think twice about taking? Not even close.
You could go to jail. Even if you don’t get into a car accident, there is the chance that a police officer (or even a well-meaning citizen) could see you swerving in traffic. If you are pulled over for drunk driving, you will have to go to court, and this could result in a considerable amount of jail time especially if this is your first offense.
While it may be understandable that you don’t want to have to find a ride home after having a few drinks, the truth is that this is not a time to be selfish. Avoid permanently changing your life (or the lives of others) for the negative by carefully thinking through these reasons for not drinking and driving.
About the Author: Son Mazzara was in a vehicle that was struck by a drunk driver. He survived but his friend was critically injured and spent 2 months in the hospital. DUI attorneys in Phoenix, or in your local area, can help you to defend yourself if you get a DUI, but your obvious best course of action is to stay out of the car if you’ve been drinking.