Compliments of the UK.
One campaign after another to stop drunk driving seems to make little to no difference. As much as you might not like it, we need to make automobiles more autonomous. Pretty soon the automatic braking you see featured in many luxury cars will filter down to the mainstream and even entry level cars too.
A. holy crap
B. while i don't advocate driving drunk in the least bit, had i been in their situation at the time of the "demonstration" i'm not sure if i would have paralleled a head being smashed through a bathroom mirror and drunk driving. granted they're at a bar of some sort, and thats what happens when you crash but id be pretty freaked out with no warning or conversation about drunk driving post the head coming through the mirror and thats probably what i would be focused on, not not driving home that night. if anything; and had i been drinking/drunk, i'd definitely think i was being ****ed with. i'd walk out, gather my buddies to check it out, go back to drinking.. or home to change without drunk driving crossing my mind because of it
A good Lawyer in US of A would have a field day w this.
Camera in the bathroom,Traumatizing people causing mental and health issues and im sure couple of other things can be added up. You gotta love our legal system.
We don't need smarter cars, we need bigger penalties. First time offender, 5yr probation and loss of license for 2yrs. 2nd time 5yrs in jail and permanent revoke of the license.
Lets see how many people will drive drunk TWICE.
I know a girl who has lost five friends during a two year period to DUI. She has gotten three DUIs since.
"Your pants too tight,your wheels too bright"
I lost an old friend a few months ago because he just drank himself in the grave after losing his job (riding unemployment for 18 months- having to go to work was the one thing that kept him from being drunk 24/7).
The only way to really address the issue is to address the alcoholism.
And don't give me the "bad judgement" or "one mistake" excuses. I'll admit, I've driven after a couple beers, but I don't plan on it every again. I may trust my own abilities, but if someone else causes an accident, and I'm the one who's had some alcohol, i'm in trouble. And rightly so. There can, and should, always be a DD.
To be honest, I remember all of the DARE classes about why drugs are bad and why not to do them, alcohol is bad... don't drink it, don't have unprotected sex, etc... but they didn't really touch on driving under the influence. I didn't take driver's ed, which is where they apparently talk about it, but from what I'm told is that they show you is the WORST CASE SCENARIO... driving completely hammered and smashing into a day care or something. They need to start showing more realistic scenarios so kids can relate better...
Junior in college, goes out to the bar, has 4 or 5 drinks
Drives home... forgets to signal, gets pulled over
Asked typical questions, answers pretty easily
Field sobriety test, does OK
Breathalyzer... blows .108... arrested
Car gets towed, heads to county police station, hangs out with real low lifes (wife beaters, drug dealers, car thieves, etc.) while waiting to get your picture taken
Parents have to drive 2 hours to pick your ass up and pay the fees to get your car out of impound
Parents embarrassed... your embarassed... sucks.
Pay a grand for an attorney, goto court, get reduced fine and charge, still paying 2-3 grand and it's on your record
Graduate, a year out of paying off fines, think its all over
Struggle to find a job as it is, now you have to tell everyone you've been convicted of a misdemeanor... most places won't call you back, some tell you they aren't interested in you because of it
Now you're stuck at home living with mom and dad and no way to pay off your college debt because your cheap ass wouldn't call a taxi to take you home
I think that would make more sense then OMG SO TRASHED LETS GOTO WAWA AND BOOM WE HIT A BUNCH OF BLIND KIDS OH NO!
2.0T... it's back!
22% of all highway fatalities are [supposedly] caused by drivers over the legal limit (NHTSA number). I guess that implys that 78% of all highway fatalities are caused by perfectly sober (by definition) drivers?
Keep in mind that the 22% alcohol related car accident figure includes situations where a drunk pedestrian might have attempted to cross a street but got run down by a perfectly sober law abiding motorist. Bingo, that's an alcohol related fatality! Would it be fair to say that most statistics these days are written to favor one side or another?
Want to save lives? Teach people how to drive and how to drink responsibly. Pretty simple stuff. As for all those multiple DUI offenders on the streets endangering our lives, here's an idea. Make the repeat offenders cross the above mentioned 'street' with another multiple offender at the wheel of the oncoming car. Some might make it - but - oh well .