Many Americans have driven drunk, made it home unscathed and free of any consequences. While in a sober state the thought of Drunk Driving is completely foolish to most. When under the influence of alcohol many will make that foolish choice to drink and then drive.
Drunk driving is in no way safe. Maybe making it home safe a few times has given you the false illusion that you are infallible, a great driver when you are drunk, but the worst is bound to happen and you will face the real consequences of drunk driving.
You Will Get Caught
Throughout the United States local law enforcement officers are on the lookout for those guilty of drunk driving. Erratic driving, maybe even a slight swerve can give an officer of the law the probable cause to pull you over. The smell of alcohol on your breath, slurred speech, and abnormal behavior increases the officer’s probable cause and you will be asked to participate in a field sobriety test and breathalyzer test to determine your blood alcohol level. If the officer finds that you are guilty of drunk driving you can expect to spend a night or two in jail until arraignment when you go before a judge where you are either released on bail or held in jail until you appear in court where you will be convicted of a DUI (driving under the influence).
What Comes Next...
When being convicted of a DUI you will be faced with serious legal repercussions that can result in time in jail, probation, or mandated treatment programs. You will be hit with large legal fines as well as lawyers’ fees when facing a DUI conviction. You will forever hold a DUI on your record, maybe even losing your license for a period of time or permanently.
Don’t forget insurance companies do not want to carry convicted DUI drivers so expect a huge hike in your insurance payments or even being dropped by your insurance company altogether.
You may even lose you employment or income due to time spent in jail or time spent in the courtroom. If your job depends on you having a clean license it is most likely you will be fired or demoted.
Worst Case Scenario
With hopes it does not happen but when making the foolish choice to drink and then drive can end in a fatal accident, injuring or killing yourself or others on the roadways. If you do get into an accident due to drunk driving, injuring or killing another you will be charged with vehicular manslaughter, spending years in jail, paying restitution and other court fees and most likely losing your license to drive. Not to mention you will have to spend the remainder of your life knowing that your foolish choice to drive drunk injured or took another’s life, creating a ripple effect throughout the lives of their loved ones as well as your own loved ones.
Say NO to Drunk Driving
Do not risk your life or the lives of other for the foolish choice of drunk driving. There are many different options before you to get home after a night of drinking. A simple phone call to a friend or family member, even a cab company can get you home safely. Don’t ruin your life or someone else’s, say NO to Drunk Driving.