Now that 2017 is officially in its final days, families and friends will gather during this weekend to welcome the New Year. While this can be an opportunity for fellowship for some, for others it is an opportunity to consume alcohol at great lengths. Even more, some of these people that drink make the foolish decision to drive, even when they feel tipsy.
There have been common themes from people who have irresponsibly decided to drive while intoxicated, and some are based on assumptions that they themselves have made. Here are three assumptions about drinking and driving, before a driver has taken the wheel.
Assumption #1: “I’m Not Drunk”
This is perhaps one of the most common assumptions made by someone who is intoxicated. When an individual is drunk, their cognitive skills (e.g. thinking, rationalizing, etc.) are negatively affected. What was a clear, focused, and well thought-out plan can turn into a blurry and unclear train of thought. For this reason, intoxicated people can incorrectly assume that they are not drunk, when they actually are.
Assumption #2: “I Can Still Drive”
Similar to the first assumption, people who admit they are drunk can say that they can still drive to their next destination, which in reality is a really bad idea. People who are around the drunk individual who is thinking about driving should be quick to stop them from doing so. They may be upset at the moment, but it is well worth the intervention. Instead, someone can call an Uber, a taxi, a relative of them, or simply take them home. The favor will be widely accepted, because the driver can get safely home, no one is placed in danger, and you will have the benefit of having your friend alive and well - instead of having to verify their body in a morgue.
Assumption #3: “I Live Really Close From Here”
One’s perception of time and distance may be jeopardized under the effects of high levels of alcohol. Simple calculations such as adding time or measuring the distance between one point and another can lead to false conclusions, such as a distance being further or closer than it actually is. Even if the intoxicated individual lives close, it is important to play it safe (and responsible) and not allow what would otherwise be the drunk driver to driver. Even if you do not know the person that is intoxicated, stopping them from driving can be a lifesaving choice for many.
What Are Other Incorrect Assumptions About Drunk Driving?
There are many other false assumptions made by drunk drivers before they choose to take the wheel. What are other assumptions? Remember, the holidays are meant to be enjoyed in the company of others - not sadly in the funeral of someone who was killed by a drunk driver. If you see someone wanting to drive after they have had too much to drink, it is your duty to provide a safer option. It may be a real lifesaver.
From the Anderson Law Firm, we wish you and your loved ones a Happy New Year.