The True Dangers of Drinking and Driving

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Everyone tells us how we shouldn’t drink and drive. But do you really understand the reasons behind that argument?

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When you drink, your ability to make sensible and rational decisions is severely diminished. That means you might try to do all kinds of things that you wouldn’t ordinarily do if you hadn’t been drinking. Firstly, you get in the car and start driving when you know you shouldn’t be, and what happens after that can be serious.

Driving requires us to make decisions at every turn, but when our reactions are slowed, and your decision making is poor, as it is when we drink, your ability to drive well is harmed. That means you can often take risks on the road that you wouldn’t otherwise take and potentially cause serious harm to someone.

Risk of Crashing

These poor decisions often lead to crashes, and I’m sure you don’t need to be told of the damage this can cause. Not only can you seriously hurt yourself, but you run the risk of taking the lives of other people. This is as serious as it gets, and if that’s not enough to persuade you not to drink and drive, nothing will.

Many families have their lives destroyed every year as a result of people who drink and drive. And you’ll be the one responsible for it if you drink and crash into another car. Then, if you survive and the other people in the crash don’t, it’s you who has to live with the guilt of what you did.

Legal Repercussions

Even if you don’t cause a crash, the legal repercussions of drinking and driving mean that it’s simply not worth taking a chance. Nowadays, police forces take a zero tolerance approach to driving under the influence of alcohol, so there’s no chance you talking yourself out of a charge.

You risk losing your licence too. This can prove disastrous if you have a job that requires you to be able to drive around whenever necessary. That’s how much is at risk for you; you could lose your job as well as your licence. If you do get pulled over by the police, hire a DUI attorney to try and limit the damage.

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