Updated: Jan 11
Some people don't take driving while under the influence seriously, whether Benadryl made you drowsy, or a potent drug made you loopy, it can all devastate your life. One of the most common forms of driving under the influence is being too intoxicated with alcohol.
During the holidays, drinking and driving are common; in fact, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, DUI fatalities happen most during the week between Christmas and New Year's Day. The consequences of drunk driving are often forgotten about until the damage has been done. I personally knew of a fatality due to drunk driving and now that person is stuck behind bars, it was just a bad situation. My song "Drivin Wrong Way" was inspired by it and led me to encourage others to make better decisions.
It's important to know that there are ways you can take to prevent this from happening. These include:
using designated drivers or public transportation
staying sober enough to drive by not indulging too much wine or beer
never drink before getting behind the wheel
knowing the federal blood alcohol content is 0.08%
Alcohol changes lives for many reasons: from being involved in drunk driving accidents to consuming too much alcohol and developing alcoholism, to the negative consequences on families and friends. Too often, people underestimate how much they drink or drive after drinking. It is important to remember that alcohol affects everyone differently, so it's important to be aware of your own limitations when drinking. Don't let alcohol ruin your life or the lives of others.
If you are caught driving under the influence, there are a number of consequences you will have to face. The first and most obvious is that you will be arrested. You will also have to go through a criminal trial, which can result in jail time, fines, and a loss of your driver's license. You may also be required to attend alcohol and treatment classes. These penalties may sound severe, but they are meant to prevent drunk driving from occurring in the first place. By taking the necessary precautions, we can help keep ourselves and others safe this holiday season. 👍