Driving drunk is one of the most selfish actions you can make. If you are drinking, find a ride, take a cab, call a family member or a friend. Please, do not get behind the wheel.
I don't know how to rationalize drinking and driving when it has lead to so many deaths. I don't know how anybody could think that it is okay to put their life, and everyone else's life, in danger.
To the friends of people who drink and drive, stop them. Take their keys, call them a ride, do something. It might feel like tough love in the moment, but would you rather have them mad at you for a night or never see them again?
Did you know?
CBS says 2016 may be the worst year for drunk driving deaths in history.
About 50-70% of convicted drunk drivers drive with a suspended license.
On average, every 2/3 people will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime.
In 2013, 28.7 million people admitted to driving under the influence of alcohol.
An average drunk driver has driven drunk around 80 times before their first arrest.
Over 1.1 million people in 2014 were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.
About one-third of all drivers arrested or convicted of drunk driving are repeat offenders.
We as a society have the power to change these statistics. Everyone will be affected or know someone who has been affected by a drunk driver in their lifetime, and it is time to take a stand. We need to stop being the passengers in the cars. We need to stop allowing friends and family to get behind the wheel after having one too many drinks. We need to stop being afraid to call our family or someone we know to come pick us up at late hours of the night. No amount of fear is worth losing your life or potentially taking somebody else's.