(Closed) VENT: Drunk Driving & Family

posted 6 years ago in Family
Post # 3
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12821 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Wow, I’m so sorry you’re going through this.  Honestly, she needs some tough love.  Drunk driving is not okay under any circumstances.  She’s really lucky nothing worse happened than the car being messed up.  I hope she gets the help she needs, and fast. 

Driving is a privilege, not a right, and I hope her privilege is suspended to make the roads a bit safer for the rest of us until she learns not to drive drunk.

(Sorry if this is harsh – it’s a very touchy subject for me)

Post # 4
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2494 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I think this is a hard topic with anyone. Just about everyone knows someone who has been hurt/killed by or as a drunk driver.

Unfortunately, there is not much you can do besides be firm with her and your immense dislike of what she is doing. If she chooses to drive drunk and you know, call the police. If she is taken to jail with a DIY overnight, leave her there instead of bailing her out.

It’s hard, but inevitably she will kill herself or someone else.

Post # 5
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1934 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m so sorry you’re going through this.  It’s something people can completely avoid and yet, they don’t!  

I lost my birth mother when I was 4 years old due to a drunk driver.  It is NOT worth it.  I hope she can get some help and learn her lesson before she ends up killing someone or herself.  

Hugs!  I’m sorry 🙁

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

I feel you. My mother does not drink, but she is the world’s worst driver. In the past, she has gone the wrong way down a one way street into incoming traffic, tried to go the wrong way around a MOTORWAY ROUNDABOUT (I was 15 at the time and had to grab the wheel), and panicked and let go of the wheel on a hill junction (fortunately I was able to indicate and steer the car to the side of the road for her).

For years, I begged her not to drive and to give up her car. My FI refused to get into the car with her after the first time she gave him a lift (I warned him…. he didn’t believe me). He has also threatened to report her for dangeous driving. Over the years, she has also accrued points for speeding and running red lights, but she has never been banned. Drives me crazy. In your position, I would report her to the police the next time she does it. Firstly, warn her that if you catch her drink driving, you will report her… and then do it the second she leaves that bar for home.

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