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Drunk Driving

Discussion in 'Alcohol' started by darkrebelchild, Mar 1, 2016.

  1. darkrebelchild

    darkrebelchild Community Champion

    Drunk driving caused the death of a man and the paralysis of his friend last weekend. It happened about 3 a.m. while they were driving drunk and raced aimlessly on the highway. The car somersaulted and flung the passenger out while the driver died on the spot.

    There are rules guiding drunk driving, when will people learn?
  2. remnant

    remnant Community Champion

    The problem is rules and laws are only good or effective to the extent that they are followed. Another weakness of rules is that one can break them at will as long as they can evade, argue in court, or is prepared to bear the consequences like road carnage as you have aptly illustrated. There are also loopholes in enforcement. I think moral rules written in our hearts reign supreme.
  3. zaerine

    zaerine Community Champion

    Sadly to say that those kind of accidents still happens. I have heard about such kind of drunk driving incidents several times. Even people are aware already of its dangers, it seems like they do not think well while drunk and still believe that they can drive safely.
  4. deanokat

    deanokat Community Organizer Community Listener

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  5. kgord

    kgord Community Champion

    Several years ago a good friend of my son's was killed in a drunk driving accident. He may not have been legally intoxicated, but had been drinking..hit the curb in front of his house..was thrown through a partially open window, and the car which had been on an angle..flipped up and crushed him on the way down. It was extremely sad since the boy was a neighbor of ours...and was only about 21 or 22. It hit me very hard because my son could have been with him, or it could have been him.
  6. Tsky45

    Tsky45 Community Champion

    Drunk driving is really dangerous. I won't even go out to drink anymore. It's not just driving drunk that's dangerous anymore, but being drunk in public. There have been stories about women who have caught cabs when drunk and have been raped by the driver. Drinking should be done at home and in moderation. I've lost a close family friend to drunk driving when I was a teenager.
  7. MrsJones

    MrsJones Community Listener Community Listener

    @deanokat. Very good article. I would think that if it ever happened that *all* vehicles should have this instrument installed. If not then the work around would be to buy or drive a used vehicle.

    I also would suspect not only a violation of civil rights but discrimination toward new car dealers and manufacturers would surface.

    If there is to be a method that prevents documented drunk drivers off the roads it should be developed for those individuals only.
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  8. Joethefirst

    Joethefirst Community Champion

    @deanokat. Good article, but I don't think that it will take off. People just wouldn't buy the cars with these devices in them or find a way to get around the system. Where there is a will there is a way, be it for good or for bad.
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  9. JoshPosh

    JoshPosh Community Champion

    Unfortunately, people will never learn from this. Even if they did, there will others to replace them. The danger is present and commercialism throws alcohol in our faces. People have to go out of their houses to parties and discos to have fun. How do they get there? Someone has to drive.
  10. L_B

    L_B Community Champion

    I don't think people will ever change. They always have the idea that it won't happen to them. It does and then they have to live with the consequences the rest of their lives if they are the ones who survived to killed other innocent people. I have lot many people that I know over the years because of drinking and driving.
  11. rush

    rush Member

    Drunk driving is a real hazard, I am myself ashamed in past news to drink drive. A few of my friends still on a driving band until this day, as it is strict in the UK. I advise do not with all odds it is really not worth it, especially when you the only driver at the night club amongst your friends.
  12. sillylucy

    sillylucy Community Champion

    I don't think that anyone will ever learn. I have a drunk uncle who always gets in the car and he has hit a few people before, but he still gets in the car. He has even done time and is currently going to community service, but he still won't learn from it.
  13. Tremmie

    Tremmie Community Champion

    Terrible. But you would think that people in a sane state of mind wouldn't race in the highway, but even people who are sober do sometimes (my fiance did that a lot until he got a huge fine). Alcohol makes you take that kind of reckless decisions even if you are not the kind of person who would do such a thing while being sober. It's scary.
  14. Vinaya

    Vinaya Community Champion

    In our country there is zero tolerance against drunk driving. The Breathalyzer should show zero percent alcohol if you want to avoid penalty. I am against drunk driving. It you not only puts your life in danger, but also the loves of people on the street.
  15. OhioTom76

    OhioTom76 Senior Contributor

    No matter what laws are in place, if a person is severely drunk, it's not a surprise that they are not going to use good judgement with regards to not getting behind the wheel. I'm not saying the person doing the drunk driving shouldn't be held accountable for their actions, I'm just saying that simply toughening the laws isn't really the answer in and of itself to keeping drunk drivers off the road.

    We really need to address how we can keep people off the roads after drinking by making things like public transportation more readily available so they can easily get home safely without the need for trying to drive home themselves. It's one thing to live in a downtown area where there are taxis and other forms of public transportation at your disposal, but for people living in suburban areas, getting a ride home is a much bigger problem.

    I lived in a suburb where it would literally take hours for a taxi to come out that way, if at all. There are people leaving the bars and restaurants there every night driving home drunk and technically over the limit. Yet people only seemed to get shamed about driving drunk when they get caught, while many of the people doing the shaming have driven home drunk many times themselves and continue to do so.

    There weren't even any buses or sidewalks in the area that I lived. Think of how many drunk driving incidents could be prevented if they simply had some sort of shuttle service operating in the evenings so people could go out and support local businesses and get to and from there safely.
  16. JonnyMacdonald

    JonnyMacdonald Community Champion

    People will never learn.
    Alcohol impairs judgement.
    We just have to keep making it harder to drive drunk and making the punishment harsher.
  17. MrsJones

    MrsJones Community Listener Community Listener

    @OhioTom76 you made a very valid point in your post about developing a shuttle service available with no radius limits. Finding sources that would be willing to take on such a venture though...
  18. Jack Wallace

    Jack Wallace Senior Contributor

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  19. JonnyMacdonald

    JonnyMacdonald Community Champion

    So the kids are learning huh?
    In my area they actually publish the names of people who have been caught driving drunk.
    I always read them and it seems that most of the time it's 40 and 50 years olds getting in trouble for this.
    Once it was an 86 year old man!
  20. Hozyboy

    Hozyboy Active Contributor

    People listen and take heed to the rules set. The problem is that when someone is drunk then thinking is irrelevant. Most develop an I do not care attitude. So they do know that drunk driving is illegal but they just do not care.

    It is sad really that even after a these campaigns such accidents still happen.