While under age drunk driving is a serious problem it should not undermine the severity of drunk driving as a whole. Drivers on an overall scale need to learn the importance of avoiding combining drinking and driving because they just don't mix well together, and just like Hurricane Sandy the combination can cause widespread devastation.
Recognizing Your Limits
One of the most important things drivers need to learn is recognizing when they are too drunk to drive. My cousin used to tell me he could drive better when he was drinking because he knew he had to be more cognizant of what he was doing. I told him he would find out one day just how wrong he was, and unfortunately he did one night when he was driving home and ran his far off the road into a ditch! Fortunately he wasn't seriously injured, but he lost his license for a year and not only paid a huge fine for the offense but also to get his license back. When I visited him after the accident, the first thing he said to me was, "Please don't say, 'I told you so.'"
Making the Right Choice
Driving while drunk is a poor decision on the part of any driver no matter what age. There are a number of problems a driver can encounter when making this choice up to and including the following:
- Being the cause of an accident that usually involves death or serious injury to the driver of the car or those in another vehicle (or even innocent pedestrians)
- Loss of your driver's license which in some cases can also mean reduction of earning capability
- Increase in insurance rates when you get your license back
- High fines for both the violation itself and to get your license back later
- In addition to injuring others in an accident you also run the potential of harming yourself if you drink and drive
For more information on what you might face when you drink and drive view our website at Legal-Yogi .
No One is Exempt from the Law
Unfortunately many people seem to believe they are exempt from the drunk driving laws. This is not something they express in words but rather by their actions. A person who drinks and drives is clearly not in command of himself and in essence is telling others he believes he is more capable of driving than the law indicates he is; if he did not believe this (at least sub-consciously) he would not get behind the wheel of a car when he has obviously had too much to drink to think clearly and act rationally.