Monday, November 3, 2014


It couldn't be any simpler so listen carefully.

If you've had too much alcohol to drink, if there is any doubt in your mind, don't drive. 

Any questions?

Once again, I step forward with probably my most important Rant of the year. It is an absolutely vital issue for everyone who enjoys alcohol of any type, from wine to beer, from Scotch to cocktails. As November begins, and the advent of holiday season is upon us, we reach a potentially dangerous period for those people who over indulge, who drink too much at parties, feasts and gatherings. There is nothing wrong with that, and you can drink as much as you desire, as long as you give up your keys to someone who is sober, and do not drive.

As I've said multiple times before, and which I'll repeat year after year, "If there is any question, no matter how small, whether you are too intoxicated to drive, then don't. If your family or friends think you have had too much to drink, don't drive. Just don't. It is not worth the risk by any calculation." Err on the side of caution so that if you have any doubt of your capacity to drive, then please do not drive. Take a taxi, catch a ride with someone else, walk or sleep it off. Just don't drive!

Rationally, we all know the dangers of drinking and driving. We endanger our own lives as well as the lives of others. Every year, we hear multiple news reports about terrible auto accidents, some with fatalities, that occur because a driver was intoxicated. Families are torn apart, lives are ruined, and much more. Why don't we learn from all these incidents? Even if you don't get in an accident, you might get arrested for drunk driving, with all the attendant high costs, and not just economic. You might even end up in jail.

About 17,000 people are arrested for drunk driving in Massachusetts each year. That is a huge figure, showing that far too many people still don't understand that they should not drink and drive. How difficult is it to understand? DON'T DRINK & DRIVE! I'm sure drunk driving incidents in other states are just as significant.

Each time you drink and drive, you endanger yourself, your passengers, pedestrians, cyclists, and people in other vehicles. Let someone else drive you, whether it be a friend or family. Take a taxi or public transportation. Leave your car where it is parked as you can always pick it up the next day. You have plenty of options so there is absolutely no reason to drink and drive. Be responsible.

I don't want to lose any family or friends this year due to a drunk driving accident. I don't think anyone wants to lose their loved ones either. So please just don't!

(This is a repeat of a prior post, with some minor changes, but as it is always my most important Rant of the year, it bears repeating as the holiday season begins.)


Leticia Holt said...

I agree. If you can avoid it, or if you can pull yourself out of that kind of situation, the better. You wouldn't want to be wracking your mind, dealing with the papers, analysis and court findings just because you drove under the influence of alcohol. You should also be protected from those who persist and do not mind the trouble , even if you do. Always keep your rights in check. Take care!

Leticia Holt @ Law Offices of Kim E. Hunter

John Greene said...

Drinking and driving is a sure way to hurt yourself and others. There are many other options - get a designated driver, call a taxi, sleep it off - it makes no sense to get behind the wheel after you've had a few.

Joanne Krueger said...

Thank you for putting this up. I have a sister who struggles with drinking and the one thing I have told her is that she needs to just call me. I got her an Uber account and I put money on it for her to just be able to do that. Hopefully we can get her on to recovery soon.

Joanne Krueger @ Kurtz And Blum