drunk driving, do you do it?

@justiman (428)
United States
January 28, 2007 10:46pm CST
I had an accident the night I met my ex-girlfriend by showing off and drinking too much Jack Daniels. I was in the country and ran into some trees and wrecked my prize possesion, my 79 ElCamino I got back in 1986. I've never forgiven myself but I have never drank that much again either. It was a hard lesson I'm glad I learned. Do you drink and drive? Are you one that believes your tolerance level is higher than most? How much do you allow yourself to drink and still drive? Be honest since there is no police to arrest you here. I'm very curious about this cause I live accross the street from a bar that is always full until closing and then I hear a bunch of tires squealing.
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@Debs_place (10524)
• United States
29 Jan 07
I do not drink and drive. Actually if I am out of the house and not driving, I still don't drink very much, in case the designated driver can't drive for whatever reason. Even when I am home, maybe 2 drinks is the most I have. But since I don't drink very often, 2 drinks really does have an effect on me.
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@lpetges (3036)
• United States
29 Jan 07
i am the same way, dont drive when drinking. its the fastest way to wreck your entire life or lose it in an instant. if you only knew the pain that you could cause for the rest of somone elses life, you would not drink before driving. is it really worth it? you only get one life, and to possibly ruin yours and someone elses in vain, is just awful.
• Philippines
29 Jan 07
Hmm.. I have done this many times. Sometimes, to the point when I almost blackout. But since I'm driving a motorcycle, when I feel the air blowing in my face, I return to consciousness. Fortunately, I have not been involved in any accidents.. Thank God..
@vicat506 (132)
• United States
30 Jan 07
I don't think calling people names here is appropriate. If they know they've done wrong and don't do it again, then that's great. I myself have been caught drinking and driving, and have a DWI. I have learned my lesson and will never do it again. Kudos to those who have learned as well. Now I know some people have strong feelings about this because they have lost a loved one from drinking and driving, but that anger should be channeled into getting people the help they need to stop, not detering them by being so condescending.
• United States
30 Jan 07
My Grandmother was killed by a drunk driver, that has taught me a lot. Yes I have had a been then drove but that was a long time ago. I will never drink and drive, it is not worth the risk.
@wepay2 (346)
• Australia
6 Feb 07
well you were stupid to drink and drive in the first instance yet you claim to be perfect what is wrong with you?
@justiman (428)
• United States
8 Feb 07
I'm sorry, were we reading the same post? I never claimed to be perfect, but thank you for the compliment anyhow.
• United States
30 Jan 07
I was in a body cast for almost 4 months after an accident in which my father and younger brother were killed by a drunk. I do not drink and drive. This is going to look a lot like spam, but I did a post on my blog to tell my story about this... I would've posted it here, but I can't copy and paste and it's too long to re-type. If anyone would like to read it, you can find it here: http://robharrington.blogspot.com/2006/06/driving-drunk.html To anyone who has a problem with drinking: I hope you read it and it makes you think twice next time you are tempted to get behind the wheel when you've been drinking.
@justiman (428)
• United States
30 Jan 07
Thanks buddy. Sorry about your loss but keep spreading the word for your father and brother.
• United States
30 Jan 07
This is an interesting discussion. Of course everyone has really strong opinions about how drinking and driving is bad, but like you said, I think we have all witnessed it at bars and restaurants and parties and things. When I drink, I tend to be unaware of how drunk I really am. I can down loads of shots and not feel the effects. For this reason, I always make sure to drink with people who I know will look out for me, so I don't do things I will regret, like trying to drive under the impression that I'm "sober enough."
@justiman (428)
• United States
30 Jan 07
It is a very good idea to never go to a bar without someone you can trust to watch out for you. Atleast one sensible person in the group can make a world of difference.
• India
30 Jan 07
yes , sometimes i have to do it .
@blakky (137)
• Australia
30 Jan 07
is there ever a time when you HAVE TO? surely if you know you are driving you just don't drink??
@delina123 (2455)
• Canada
30 Jan 07
No,, I have to remember I have 3 kids to take care of. The other cr would be the one to hurt me before I would hurt someone else.
@justiman (428)
• United States
30 Jan 07
You have to think about your kids for sure! Thanks for the response.
@freak369 (5038)
• United States
30 Jan 07
Don't drink and drive but I have in the past. I got pulled over one time and the cop was extremely nice to me and I saw that as a 'get out of jail free' type of situation. As far as you wrecking your vehicle, you learned from it and moved on. I'm the person that gets the call at three in the morning when someone needs a ride home from a club but I would rather have my phone ringing asking for a ride than to get a call saying that someone was killed.
@justiman (428)
• United States
30 Jan 07
No doubt my friend. That is very generous of you. Keep up the good work!
• Grand Junction, Colorado
29 Jan 07
I don't drink and drive at all. I worked at a place that worked for the insurance companies where the cars are brought after accidents and you would not believe the horrific condition of these cars. You wonder how anyone could have survived. Not all of the accidents were caused by drunk drivers, but that is what I think of everytime I see a car come in. I have taken my 16 year old daughter there and shown her the condition of these cars and have told her that this is what happens when people drive while drinking, or speeding, or street racing. With so many taxis being available, friends ect. there really should be no reason to drink and drive.
@justiman (428)
• United States
30 Jan 07
That is an excellent way of reassuring people that it is a mistake to do it. I used to go to auto auctions and see wrecked cars like that. You're right, it doesn't matter if it was a drinking accident, if you see these cars you wouldn't want to be in an accident of any kind. And drinking just increases your chances of having one. Thanks for your response.
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@cassidy22 (2975)
• United States
29 Jan 07
I did most of my heavy drinking in college, where we walked to the bars... I hardly drink at ALL anymore, but no, I never drink and drive. I could never forgive myself if I hurt another person because of such a stupid mistake. My hubby and I always determine who gets to drink if we go out, and it's usually him because I just don't need to get dehydrated. But regardless, we don't drink much, and it's never an issue - but we always have a plan!
@maryannemax (12170)
• Sweden
29 Jan 07
that's one good point. not to drink and drive because you'll be putting others' lives at risk as well. better to not drink at all when you're gonna drive ot not drive at all if you're drunk.
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
29 Jan 07
No I wouldnt do something that stupid and careless. You obvious dont care about other people or your self for that matter. I hope you get caught before you hurt innocent person out there. Shame on you.
@justiman (428)
• United States
30 Jan 07
Bite me!! if you would have read the entire post, you would have seen that I did it several years ago and thats what this is about.
@Mamaof4 (222)
• Philippines
29 Jan 07
Simple answer: No, I don't drink and drive. I make sure our group has a designated driver if we plan on going out for drinks. No matter how small the glass, bottle or shotglass may be. or, if everyone in the group wanted to have fun and join the drinking, we have drinks at someone's house. Right after the front door, someone collects all the car keys. If someone wants to leave, our designated person (someone who is VERY sober) checks if he/she is able to drive or not.
@justiman (428)
• United States
30 Jan 07
That is what we do almost every time we "socialize". Our group has one buddy, my best friend for 26 years now, that has the biggest house, most convenient to everyone, and a swimming pool. We all pretty much have an unspoken agreement to always go to their house and hang out. Of course we all pitch in to pick up our messes together. And there is always a place for everyone to crash if needed. Saves money and is so much more enjoyable that yelling over loud music and not having to be around a bunch of drunk jerks.
@sindai (204)
• Canada
29 Jan 07
Well, I do hope that you learned your lesson. You could have been killed, or killed someone. If people on here actually admit to drinking and driving, then you're an a**. And yes you were an a** for doing it, just don't do it again. I don't drink. I don't have a car, so I'll take whoever's car and drive everyone home. I'll even stay at the person's house and take a cab home the next day. I know a few people that were killed by drunk drivers. I just wish that people would really get it in their heads that it's not right.
@justiman (428)
• United States
29 Jan 07
You're right, I was an a$$. that happened in 99 and I should have known better. I haven't done it since nor do I plan on it. I do wish more people in the world would investgate the reprocutions of drunk driving and choose to not do it.
• Malaysia
8 Feb 07
I think the problem that people have with drinking and driving is that they overestimate themselves. They do believe they could still drive and refuse to be driven even when they are obviously too drunk to drive. Hence, they put their lives in danger as well as the people who are riding in the car with them. I drink and drive too but if someone tells me I've had too much and insist on driving me (the other person has to be sober or had very little to drink!) then I would let them. No harm done being a passenger when I'm drunk, right?
• India
6 Feb 07
yes i used to drink and drive before was very careless by doing that....but know i dont drive when i have a drink...i have realised its too risky to endanger my life and of other`s too...its too damn valuable to be wasted
@ronita34 (3923)
• Canada
1 Feb 07
When i was young and stupid i used to drink and drive but i haven't for years and i will never again. You should be thankful that you never killed anyone and that it was trees and not someone! I do not drink and drive anymore but i will still drive if i only had one drink and 3 glasses of water afterwards!
• United States
31 Jan 07
no I don't believe in drinking and driving never have
@hyperion (12)
• United States
30 Jan 07
It just isn't worth it to me. I have nothing against drinking, I just fail to see the payoff in drinking heavily. as for drinking and driving, that's a lesson I never plan on learning first hand.
• India
30 Jan 07
i think accordin to me its not a gud sign,,its dangerous,,ppl gt unconscious whn drunk...
@laaxman (97)
• Nepal
30 Jan 07
No actually i dont drink at all coz my life is very important for me especially i must not drink while driving at all.thank god u were not hurt bro.