Why There are Drunk Drivers on the Road
Drinking and driving is a deadly combination, but many still risk their lives and the lives of others around them by driving while intoxicated. Why do you do such reckless behaviors? Below are some of the possible reasons why.
You have failed to plan
If you are thinking of drinking, you and your friends should have a clear plan. Where are you going to drink? How are you going to go there? Who is going to drive you home when you are already under the influence of alcohol?
Most of these questions are not answered with care, so you and your buddies end up drinking in an inaccessible place using your own cars and having no designated driver. You will end up being forced to drive while drunk.
To prevent this from happening, choose a place that can easily be accessed by public transportation. Leave your vehicles and use public transportation to go there. By doing so, you pass the responsibility of driving to someone else. You can also pass this responsibility by bringing a designated driver with you, like a friend who doesn’t drink alcoholic beverages.
You are not afraid of law enforcement
Drunk driving is not exclusive to those who party at night. They can also be done by others, such as truck drivers who are trying to relax and alcoholics who can’t help but drink even while on the wheel. Drunk driving is illegal, but these people are not afraid to do it anyway because they are confident that they are not going to get caught.
The key to avoid this complacency is the strict enforcement of drunk driving laws. There should be sobriety check points on key areas, police officers should be clearly visible to increase the chances of catching drunk drivers, and DWI cases should be prioritized by the courts to send the message that the jurisdiction is taking them seriously.
You are not afraid of the consequences
DWI charges can have fines reaching up to $10,000, jail times of up to 7 years, and license suspensions of 6 months at the minimum.
It seems that drunk drivers are not afraid of these consequences, or they do not really know the possible effects of these penalties. The jurisdiction or the state should educate the public regarding these effects, such as the inconvenience of having no driver’s license and the bias of employers against those who have DWI convictions.