Post # 1
I have noticed quite a few threads lately that mentioned drinking and driving. I am wondering how common this practice is. I have put a poll in place in case no one wants to openly answer.
My answer: I have never driven while drunk, but I have been in a car with someone who was drunk. I was 14 or 15 and it was a really stupid decision that I still regret.
I also try not to drive when I feel impaired in any other way, i.e. stressed, anxious, tired, or whatever else. I had a really bad accident awhile back and I still get flashbacks from it. I hate driving as it is, let alone when I’m not at my best!
Post # 3
I definitely do not drive drunk.
HOWEVER, I will drive to dinner after having a beer at lunch, or I will have a drink, wait an hour and drive, etc. I’ve found that some of my friends who do not drink at all vastly underestimate the types of consumption that are problematic–I’ve definitely been stopped at the door and questioned for the “beer at lunch, drive to dinner” thing.
Post # 4
I’ve driven after having a drink or two, but never ever drunk. As a teenager though, I got in the car with plenty of people who were drunk – everyone I grew up with did. I really regret it now and I’m so thankful that none of us were ever hurt or hurt someone else. I refuse to get in the car with someone who has been drinking now and haven’t for years. Can’t make up for past stupidity, obviously, but it’s not something I’ll ever do again.
Post # 5
I drove on my second day of antidepressants and it was absolutely terrifying. I’m usually a very focused person, but any little thing movement, bright color ect distracted me and my sense of time was off so I knew I wasn’t looking at the road for too long, but I couldn’t tell you how long I was distracted. I had an interview that week and needed a jacket that actually fit, otherwise I never would have driven. I was lucky the store was only 15 minutes away, so it was a short and nervewracking trip. I didn’t drive again for several weeks. I now know to not drive if I feel like that again. I’ve never driven drunk, and I’ve never been in the car with someone who is drunk either.
Post # 6
Never. If a friend told me they had driven drunk, I’d probably end the friendship.
Post # 7
@MrsPanda99: I’m always the DD. ALWAYS. One night, I wasn’t supposed to drive but I ended up driving anyway. I literally had ONE drink too many. That was the night I got pulled over. And arrested. And I spent the night in jail. Then I got sentenced to 10 days in jail plus a year of probation. I’ll be off probation on October 3. My license was restricted for 90 days. I have to pay $500 per year for 2 years to the state (Michigan has “Driver Responsibility Fees” which are assessed in varying amounts for traffic violations).
You can bet your sweet ass I’ll never again have even one single drink if I have to drive.
ETA: On top of jail time and probation, I also had $2500 in fines. This was my first offense EVER of any kind. I haven’t even had a speeding ticket since I was 18.
Post # 8
Yes, when I was aroung 18 I drove a few times knowing I shouldn’t have. It has never happened to me ever since. When I’m the one driving, I don’t drink alcohol at all.
Post # 9
@Jabberwocky: I feel really strongly about it too. A family member was walking on the sidewalk and was struck and killed by a drunk driver (who was not hurt in the least). People make a lot of poor choices and I never say anything unless it puts others in danger. It doesn’t seem fair to make others suffer for your choices.
Post # 10
Never have I driven drunk but I have been in the car with someone who was. I regret it because he could have killed someone or us. I was 17 and stupid.
Post # 11
I’ve never done so, and I cannot STAND people who do. Selfish and stupid behavior that could maim or kill somebody is not forgivable to me.
Post # 12
Nope. I’ve never driven drunk before. I will drive if I’ve only had one drink but beyond that no driving for me!
I have gotten into a car with a drunk person. This was only last year and was obviously a very stupid decision. I was drunk as well (which I know isn’t an excuse) and crowded into a truck with everyone else. I look back on that night and thank my lucky stars that nothing happened. I now don’t get into a car with people that I’ve seen drinking.
Post # 13
@MrsPanda99: My sister spent ten years in pain, had a leg amputated, and was probably going to have the other one amputated soon. She passed away last month, most likely due to something related to her injuries. By sheer luck, when the drunk driver hit her head on, she was the only one injured, and the five children in the car walked away with only bruises.
Post # 14
@s2bmrscook: Wow, thank you for sharing your story. I hope it will smarten up some other folks! Honestly, the legal limit is really low. I can be at the legal limit and not feel drunk at all. I always play it safe though and just don’t drive if I have even had one drink. I’m too paranoid. Luckily I don’t care much for alcohol so I’m happy to volunteer to be the DD 😛
Post # 15
I did once in college. I wasn’t wasted, but I’m pretty sure I was over the legal limit. I absolutely will NOT risk it now though. I’ll have a drink with dinner and drive home, but more than a drink or two and I’m handing the keys over.
Post # 16
I’ve driven after a drink or two also, but not drunk. Since I was a teenager my parents hammered it home to call them rather than drive drunk and they always picked me up no questions asked. I’m over 40 now and could still call my mom or dad if I wanted, but it’s only an $8 cab ride home from most places we go. Even when DH wants to go out with the guys we always pre-arrange whether I will drop him off or just pick them up later and leave a car at the bar. The ramifications just aren’t worth it. It just better to know your plan and have a backup, IMO.