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Ramblings - Drunk Driving

Posted Sunday, April 6, 2008, at 8:14 AM

I doubt that my daughter believes it, but I was young once. My mind still feels that way, but hopefully it has gotten wiser. Before I gained such wisdom, I was prone to dumbness that could have easily turned in to tragedy.

If I had seen more of the video link here (its not pleasant and came through komando.com), I might have thought a LOT HARDER before I had a drink and then drove. Maybe it will be good to share this with upcoming drivers or those you know are taking chances. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwWJZ1MiA...

Would it have taken away my fun? In retrospect, I don't think so, but I might have been doing a lot more of the driving and felt the satisfaction that my actions probably saved some friends and some innocents.

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That was a very sad, but common video you gave reference to.I have lost some friends and family to drunk driving. For some of them it was there faults. I try to teach my kids about the dangers of getting behind the wheel if they have been drinking. I also know just how easy it is to fall for peer pressure. I tell my kids that if they ever take 1 drink do not drive. Call us and we will come get them. We will not fuss but will discuss it later. I also told them to never get in a car with a friend who has had a drink, pill or whatever. As a parent you can only hope they listen to us.

-- Posted by For the kids on Sun, Apr 6, 2008, at 3:03 PM


I covered so many of the accidents you mention during my many years of covering the police beat for the T-G that I don't even want to mention a number.

On the first fatal accident I ever covered and the last where alcohol was a factor I always asked myself the same question.


-- Posted by bomelson on Sun, Apr 6, 2008, at 4:10 PM

Peer influence got me holding my nose and gulping down my first beer in college. Yes, I waited that long.

Now I can only have one beer before I get congested and have a headache. Two glasses of wine if it does not have sulfates in it. It makes me wonder why I even try again.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Apr 6, 2008, at 5:34 PM

Steve, I'm not sure if you've ever heard of "Reality" classes or not. They are classes that first time juvenile drug and alcohol offenders are forced to take. These classes are purposely just long enough to ruin your saturday nights, you learn all about drugs and what they do to your body. You would also learn about the effects of alcohol, even if you're lucky enough to not disable or kill yourself in an "accident". I went to these classes for years, b/c my mother taught them. They should be a required course in high school!

-- Posted by LauraSFT on Mon, Apr 7, 2008, at 8:05 AM

I believe they might have lighter versions in driving class, or did when our daughter took driver's ed. It has a sobering affect on many. Regrettably, not enough.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Apr 7, 2008, at 10:07 PM

I dont believe DUI laws are strict enough. To me driving while drunk should be considered attempted murder. The reason I know that they are not strict enough, you see so many 2nd 3rd etc etc offenders. Way to many lives are lost, not to mention the millions of dollars in personal property damage.

-- Posted by greasemonkey on Wed, Apr 9, 2008, at 9:51 PM

I know they hate to lock people up for a weakness, but it is a deadly one.

I still think they need to make the people who supply the car responsible as well. If a car is sold to a person with a revoked license, or if a car is loaned to someone who is a known DUI offender, they are responsible like the bartender who sells them the drinks.

Since identification is necessary to sell booze, why not run it through a database. If they are DUI offenders, they can not buy.

Why can the county clerk not run the driving records and not allow vehicles to be licensed by DUI offenders? Then those who help them get around the law are charged with their DUI offenses as well.

If I knew all those things could happen to restrict my freedom, I would SURE be more careful.

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Apr 9, 2008, at 10:52 PM

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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.