Booze Reviews Discussion – Drinking and Driving    

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Good evening my name is Dan, and I’m a Booze Reviewer. Tonight I need to get something off of my chest, seriously. I …. HATE … DRINKING AND DRIVING! I always have and I always will. Now let me explain, I feel if you can have at least ONE drink you should be ok to drive (depending on weight, height, age of course, how much is in said drink, and if you are not allergic to it where one drink makes you drunk) however the people going out and getting hammered and feel they still can drive, they are the ones that I’m focusing this on!

With major holiday seasons and major sport leagues starting, this is as good as of a time as any to bring this up. The other night there was a major incident that was a little too close to home for me, these always affect me but this one, this one was a bit more.

http://calgary.ctvnews.ca/drivers-extricated-from-wreckage-following-head-on-crash-impaired-driving-suspected-1.3084920

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Photo by CTV News

There was a gentleman that was leaving a restaurant here in Calgary, he was drunk, the staff tried to stop him, but he refused and drove off. He made it three blocks before he jumped a meridian and then slammed into another vehicle. They are suspecting that the two are related, and probably are.

Why did this rattle me more than other ones? Well for one this could have been a lot worse! Yes, it was a 60-year-old woman that he hit, but at that time of night there was parent teacher interviews going on throughout the whole city, where this accident took place there was at least four schools holding their parent teacher meetings, the streets were filled with parents driving their children around to the schools to and from the schools, and the road this accident happened on is a major road in the area.

No matter what It always affects me when I read stories about this, however this particular accident could have been me that got hit. If I didn’t decide not to take my one of my kids to her school for meet the teachers night, I would have driving that road at that time and I could have been the one that got hit. My family could have had been the drunk driver hit, and with my kids in the car it could have been a lot worse and by the pictures of the damage it probably would have been!

I do hope the woman that the drunk driver hit is doing better, and that she makes a full recovery, no matter who it is it is always sad when you hear about any accidents that involve drinking and driving!

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Photo borrowed from CBC News

It's not the first time I have been involved in a drinking driver hitting me or anyone with me, there has been a few instances.

One of the times my family was driving home from one of our family friends and we had the green light, my mom who was in the front seat saw a car coming through the intersection and warned my dad, who slammed on his breaks. Thankfully he hit them hard enough where it didn’t cause us to get fully t-boned, but it did cause him to hit our front corner on the driver side, then swing us around making our back end hit the side of his car and bounce the back so that we ended up in a “T” formation with the other car. The driver of the other vehicle claims he wasn’t drunk but you could tell he was, however 30 years ago it was harder to prove that someone was drinking.

Honestly I’ve always been against it, but to see how many people get killed by people who drive drunk.. and the idiot who drive drunk get injured or walk away from the scene is scary. I really just get very upset more so than seeing someone texting and driving, even though that is just as bad in my opinion but that is a rant for another time.

I really feel people HAVE to know when they have had too much to drink that they shouldn’t drive, or have someone help them out. I mean if you are out and you can AFFORD to buy that many drinks, put some money aside and you can use one of a few options out there!

Taxi:

Most of the cab companies now have debit machines so you don’t have to carry cash on you, you can pour yourself into a cab and then go home from there. Don’t worry about your vehicle, it is better that you leave it there than trying to drive it home! If you are too drunk to call a cab have someone do it for you.

Transit:

Most of the cities have transit that runs late so that people can get home yes it may take longer but at least you do get home, as long as you don’t start anything on public transit, then you might be staying the night in the drunk tank!

Keys Please:

One of the best options out there, have someone come and pick you up and drive you AND your car home! If you feel you can’t leave your car in the location, you were drinking and you have the urge to go home … USE THEM! They will come to you, get the keys from you and drive you home for a fee. THIS is the best thing out there! Put aside $40 to 60 (about the same cost as a cab) so you can use them.

Phone a Friend/Family:

Yes just like in Who wants to be a Millionaire you can use the Phone a friend option as well if you have really great friends. Every now and then I’m sure someone would be there to help you out.

UBER:

Yes we don’t have this option in Calgary but other cities do have it, this is a cheaper option as well for you to get home. It really does help out when it comes to getting you home as well if you are too drunk to drive.

Walk:

If you aren’t far from your house you can also walk! I know I did one day I got really drunk and I walked home. It took me a hour but I got home and it was awesome, granted I wasn’t pass out drunk but at least I made the choice before I went out that I would not drive.

Stay Home:

Yes we all like to go out and enjoy ourselves at pubs, bars, or restaurants, but sometimes if you are a lone and you just want to drink or want to have a social night then maybe invite a few people over for a few drinks too watch the game at home, it is cheaper in the long run, make a night out of it, and make sure if you have company that they get home safely too.

Designated Driver:

This is a option that works too, take turns with your friends on who will be drinking and who will be staying sober and driving everyone home. This one is a great one too because you know you will be getting home safely as well.

These are just some of the options you have so you don’t get pulled over and get your car taken away, or worse! Honestly there are so many ways you can get home rather drive if you have had too much to drink, I really wish people would use their heads when it comes to this, how hard is it to know that you are going to get drunk and you shouldn’t drive!

This was found on someone's car in Edmonton recently, this is great to see that a restaurant shows that they do care about people not drinking and driving!

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Courtesy of Cjay92

*Update* CTV found the person who the letter belonged to and you can find their story here: http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/life-is-valuable-pub-thanks-woman-with-chicken-wings-for-not-driving-drunk-1.3123420

So this Holiday season please use your head! DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE! Let’s see everyone get home safely!

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