Monday, November 30, 2015


It couldn't be any simpler so listen carefully. This is one of the most important pieces of advice you will receive this holiday season. Please pay careful attention.

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's an absolutely vital issue for everyone who enjoys alcohol of any type, from wine to beer, from Scotch to hard cider. With the advent of the holiday season 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 or Uber, 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 an Uber 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. Your family and friends would rather you didn't drink and drive as they don't you to die in a terrible drunk driving accident. 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.)


Sue said...

Well said and a message that truly bears repeating.

Elle said...

Thank you for this. I lost my mother in a drinking and driving accident last year at this time, so this really hits home. I hope your post helps readers make good decisions in the future.

Leticia Holt said...

What I don't understand is with all the technology we have available to us today, why isn't the government fast tracking a device that will require you to be sober to start the car. The deaths continue to climb each year, and more importantly, people are just to illiterate to understand the dangers they pose each time they get behind the wheel.

Leticia Holt @ KHunter Law

Modesto Culbertson said...

You make a lot of great points in your rant, friend. Frankly, it just doesn't add up to me either why so many otherwise responsible adults get behind the wheel of a vehicle when under the influence of alcohol. With the abundance of public transportation and ride-sharing apps available, the need to risk your life and the life of others is just not worth taking.

Modesto Culbertson @ D & Z Law Group

Stephanie Waters said...

I had no idea that 17,000 were arrested each year in that state alone. I would think that in this society today everyone is aware of the dangers and the huge financial burden you will face if caught drinking and driving. I might understand a kid who doesn't have the knowledge, but adults should all know better by now to not drive.