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Old 01-19-2015, 07:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'd be interested to hear what people think of this practice. Do you drink and drive? Do you do it on any sort of regular basis? If you have/do, have you ever had a narrow escape? Have you breathed a sigh of relief when you made it home that you weren't pulled over or hurt/killed someone? If you had a near miss, did it sway your mind on the issue?

If you're going out drinking, would you not consider taking a taxi home or bringing a designated driver with you? Do you feel it's worth taking the risk? Do you consider "one over the limit" is ok? Have you driven (or been driven) blind drunk? And if so, how did you feel?

I can't talk, as I neither drive nor really drink, but it constantly shocks and saddens me the amount of deaths on the road --- drivers, passengers and other motorists or pedestrians --- that seem to multiply every year. Lives destroyed, families broken up, children without parents all because someone wants to take a drink and --- let's be honest --- break the law. Is it worth it? Do you think it is? Can you understand this behaviour?

Also, do you think current penalties for driving drunk are enough? Do they deter people from "chancing it"? Should they be tougher? Judge Judy has often said that if you get behind the wheel drunk your car ceases being a vehicle and becomes a mobile lethal weapon. How do you feel about that?
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Old 01-19-2015, 07:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Of course, you're never supposed to do it, but like Peter Griffin said, if you're drunk at the bar and no designated driver, what are you gonna do, get a taxi and leave your car there? It's dumb as **** to drive drunk, but if you're at least kind of okay to drive ... well, don't pretend like you're gonna be responsible. Otherwise, of course not. If the same situation happens at a buddy's house, you crash there like an ******* and hope they don't stop inviting you to their parties.
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I've done it a few times, crashed once into a wall while reversing at speed and another time turning a corner, hit a parked car. Didn't have a license then though and was too young to get one.

Drink drivers are the scum of the earth.

EDIT: Not including motorbikes. I've drank and rode bikes loads of times.

EDIT 2: Motorbikes not pedal bikes.
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Old 01-19-2015, 08:03 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Of course, you're never supposed to do it, but like Peter Griffin said, if you're drunk at the bar and no designated driver, what are you gonna do, get a taxi and leave your car there? It's dumb as **** to drive drunk, but if you're at least kind of okay to drive ... well, don't pretend like you're gonna be responsible. Otherwise, of course not. If the same situation happens at a buddy's house, you crash there like an ******* and hope they don't stop inviting you to their parties.
If you drive to a bar and get too drunk to drive home, then yeah, you're going to leave your car there and get a taxi. It's your fault that you drank to much so tomorrow is unfortunately going to be inconvenient. There's just no acceptable reason to drive home drunk unless you live at the hospital and you have just cut off your arm.
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one of my good friends just got acquitted for his dui. scary shit even if youre not "too drunk". guy I went to highschool with drove drunk and ran into a coffee shop sign and killed one his good friends.

Ive drove after 1 or 2 casual beers at the pub, which technically is still illegal as per my licence so I guess im somewhat a hypocrite here. only once have I actually been drunk, and that was the next day when I was driving home from a night of debauchery. was still fairly fucked in the morning but I needed to get to work (where I promptly puked at).

but yes drunk driving is very stupid and should never be done. I leave my car at bars and shit all the time.
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Well the nice thing is, is that you can use your seatbelt as a way to open your beer.
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I've never driven with more than a single bottle of beer in my system but with my current level of license any percentage is worth a DUI, intoxicated or not, half a glass of wine is enough to have my license revoked. I've driven past and behind cops, white knuckled, but I've never been pulled over.
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i had a couple near misses. one time i blacked out and didn't recall how i got home.

the other time i was drunk and i got pulled over. the cop searched my van for drugs and everything and then he gave me the standard sobriety test which i passed. the twat was too dumb to make me take the breathalizer so i didn't get a dui.

one time i was high out of my mind on shrooms and me and my friend were driving around. actually my friend was driving. he was sober and he didn't have a car so he liked to practice driving and i let him drive my car. it was maybe 2 in the morning and apparently there had been a string of robberies in the area. we got swarmed by maybe 5 cop cars. it was terrifying. anyway since my friend technically wasn't insured to drive my car the cops forced me to drive home. they could tell i was high too. that was really scary. my perception of time was all distorted so when i looked at the speedometer it said 60 yet i felt as if i was going maybe 5 mph.

there was another near miss as well which i am too paranoid to share.

i don't do it anymore, this was in my younger years.
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Old 01-20-2015, 07:45 AM   #10 (permalink)
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My thoughts:
  • Is it worth possibly killing someone/yourself and ruining your life over an inconvenience of calling a cab?
  • Is it worth losing your license over an inconvenience of calling a cab?
  • Is it worth going to jail/prison over an inconvenience of calling a cab?

Here's some more info for those in the US (click on your state):

https://www.edgarsnyder.com/drunk-dr...-alcohol-laws/

Illinois DUI laws are tough. 3rd violation, and you're doing prison time. I know people that have gone through it. Pretty much ruined their careers, family life, and a few other things.

Use your fookin heads.
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