Thousands of times, every day in North America people make a critical decision, whether or not to drive their vehicle after having a few drinks. Many believe that they haven’t had enough to drink to warrant making the decision to use another means to get home. Or perhaps with some, the intoxication level is so high, that they are actually incapable of making the right decision. The failure is in the realization that the decision of whether to drive or not after drinking alcohol is one that needs to be made before the alcohol is consumed. The cost of drinking and driving is astronomical, from the financial costs, to injury, and most importantly, loss of life.
A recent tragedy in a small Northern Ontario city saw a 28 year old woman with significant potential to do great things with her life, run down and killed on her bicycle by a pickup truck being driven by a man who was so intoxicated that he was unable to walk straight when he exited the vehicle. Suffice it to say that the driver’s ability to make a good decision was hampered by inebriation, which is why the decision not to drive should have been made prior to the first sip. In this case, the person to blame is the driver, perhaps not who he was at the time of the incident, but maybe the person he was prior to having his first drink. Failing to put preventative measures in place, such as giving his keys to the bartender, is what ultimately resulted in the loss of life of the young woman. He has been charged with “impaired driving causing death”, which is appropriate for his intoxicated self. Maybe his sober self should also be charged with “poor decision making causing impaired driving”. Not surprisingly, the accused has prior convictions of making this same poor decision.
As we speak with our loved ones, friends, and coworkers, we should include the topic of making solid decisions prior to having a drink, rather than leaving it up to their intoxicated self to do the right thing. Will you speak to them, forward this post to them, or start a discussion on your social media sites? These are the decisions you get to make, which could help someone from making the costliest decision in their lives. There are many options to choose from when contemplating a safe ride home. Which one will you recommend?
Driverseat is a vehicle transportation company specializing in Designated Driving, Airport Drop-off, Elderly Accompaniment and Special Event Transportation. www.driverseatcanada.com