So you've made that decision. As you hobble out of the bar, you stumble to your car thinking "I only live 2 miles away," all the while you've dropped your keys trying to unlock your car door. You know you shouldn't be driving tonight. You know society and the law severely frowns on drinking and driving, and that thousands of people are killed every day from people like you. At that moment you see the carnage. You see the news real footage runs through your head of the police lights and ambulances. You hear the cries of the mothers, wives and husbands after they've lost a loved one to such an avoidable and selfish decision. At that moment, you make another decision - a decision that will save not only your wallet but the lives of those around you. You are one a very small group of people who decided not to drink and drive.
Those who have made that poor decision to drive drunk may hear the sound of a siren, see the flashing red lights and a person in uniform knocking at your driver side window. An officer has pulled you over for suspicious driving. If you exhibit slurred speech, general incoherence or the officer smells a strong odor of alcohol, you will be asked to exit your vehicle and move to the side of the road where you will undergo field sobriety testing. If you fail to demonstrate the proper motor skills or judgment to safely operate a motor vehicle during these field tests, the officer can then ask permission to perform a blood alcohol content test, commonly abbreviated BAC. In most states the legal limit for BAC is .10%, however many states have adopted a lower BAC of .08%. Failing these tests will result in a ride in the back of a police car, a night in jail and charges of a DUI or DWI. You are now facing the legal repercussions of drinking and driving.
Alcohol affects you in a way that changes your judgement, depth perception and vital motor skills required to drive safely. It's easy to think you are driving normally when truly you are not. When the police take notice, you could be hit with a DUI or DWI. This is the best case scenario. Your life, as well as many others, could be lost in an alcohol related accident. According to a 2009 drunk-driving report, alcohol-impaired-driving crashes resulted in 10,839 traffic fatalities. This does not include the total number of alcohol related accidents, or the number of individuals arrested for drinking and driving.
Is drinking and driving more important than your legal status or life? Call a driving service like Uber, Lyft or your local cab company. Protect yourself and others on the roadways and don't become another drinking and driving statistic. Operating a motor vehicle while sober can be difficult in itself, but adding alcohol or other intoxicants into the mix is putting your life and the lives of others on the roadways at risk. Make the right choice and put your keys down.
All 50 states have taken serious action when it comes to individuals that drive under the influence, or while intoxicated. There is zero tolerance, and all violators will be arrested and charged accordingly.
According to National statistics, an average of 12,000 people die every year in DUI-related accidents. There is an average of 900,000 arrested each year for DUI or DWI, and a full 1/3 of those are repeat offenders. While National averages have dropped by half over the past 35 years, there is still an ongoing problem with drinking and driving. The solution to this problem does not just rest in the hands of law enforcement to find these violators and prosecute them, but within each and every person to make the conscious choice not to drink and drive. There is always a better option. Keep the roadways safe, along with your loved ones and the loved ones of others, by not drinking and driving.