Driving Under the Influence

  • metalxracr

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    Jun 25, 2008 11:34 PM GMT
    Honestly, do you ever drink and drive? I have done it 3 times when I was in high school, and I felt so guilty, even though it was like 2 miles at the most.

    I was just wondering who does it, because I see a lot of people do it all the time and I'm like, "Are you serious?"

    I don't drink and drive at all. But, lately when I go out, I'm usually driving and I'll only drink water or soda, and when I explain why I'm not having any alcohol, I'll usually get the same response from everyone, "Wow, that's so boring!" and icon_rolleyes.gif Or something to that effect. But I still manage to have fun!

    But it's been going on for a while, and only 1!! ONE! guy has said something positive. He said he admired me for making such a sensible decision at such a young age.

    I also hate when people say, "I drive better when I'm drunk!" It makes me cringe! It's stupid, you're making a decision while your judgement is impaired!
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    Jun 25, 2008 11:39 PM GMT
    Totally agree with you, it shouldn't be done.

    Drinking and driving are two separate things and never should the two meet

    And if I may, can I say, you have a rather attractive chin dear icon_razz.gif
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    Jun 25, 2008 11:42 PM GMT
    Thank you icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 28, 2008 2:23 PM GMT
    I'm not surprised this thread doesn't have more responses. Admitting that you've driven drunk is very taboo. I don't know if I've ever driven when I was legally drunk (over .08 BAC), but I have driven and felt like I was affected more than my personal limits were comfortable with.

    That was when I when I was younger. Thankfully I've never gotten a DUI and I've grown up since. These days, I have a two beer limit regardless of how much time passes. If I've had more than two beers on a night out, I'm not driving. Period. If I know I'll have more than that, I either take the bus or a taxi.

    Sadly, too many people won't set personal limits. They will continue to drink and drive until they either get a DUI or until they cause a collision.
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    Jun 28, 2008 2:35 PM GMT
    I personally have done it, but don't now. I used to be a bartender in a gay bar who encouraged drinking. It is wrong and people shouldn't do it. My partner and I take turns when we go out. If one of us drinks the other drives.

    I think people a lot of times do not realize how little it takes to get drunk or impared.
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    Jun 28, 2008 2:42 PM GMT
    I am very careful about drinking and driving. If I am the designated driver and my partner wants to drink, I usually cap myself at two drinks, and even then I go at least 3-4 hours before driving after consuming the last drop of alcohol.

    If I ever killed someone while under the influence, I don't know how I could live with myself.
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    Jun 28, 2008 2:52 PM GMT
    If I have a few beers, 3-4, I wait a solid hour before considering driving; I've always thought this was a good amount of time and I feel fine. I occasionally get a snide remark about why I'm not drinking, but it is water off my back.

    Being able to handle these remarks without letting it bother me is the same way I can go to a gay bar and find folks I can become friends with in the end. I never go for hookups or to get wasted and if I say no enough and/or hold my ground, eventually I find 1 or 2 people with the same attitude and it ends up being a good evening out.

    I find Pittsburgh to be full of fun gay folks, not having the rough experience I hear about so often on the RJ forums.
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    Jun 28, 2008 3:42 PM GMT
    Designated drivers would help out a whole lot.

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    Jun 28, 2008 3:58 PM GMT
    I never ever did that because I knew even one glass of Vino I would not be in control.

    I know people do here a lot in Turkey even some Brit's well welsh people I know and I get mad!
  • kew1

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    Jun 28, 2008 4:12 PM GMT
    original714 saidIf I have a few beers, 3-4, I wait a solid hour before considering driving; I've always thought this was a good amount of time and I feel fine. I occasionally get a snide remark about why I'm not drinking, but it is water off my back.




    That might not be enough time,depending on the strength (& the size) of the beer.icon_smile.gif
    Are you talking about pints or small bottles?

    http://www.drinkingandyou.com/site/uk/drive.htm
    Although it's a UK site, the levels are the same,even if the penalties aren't - automatic 12 month ban,up to £5000 fine though you'd have to be way over for that.

    Moved a car about 1/3 of a mile (20mph, back roads) late at night when on holiday once after too much to drink when the car's owner asked me to take it back to where I was staying rather than leave it outside his girlfriend's place. So add no insurance & licence to the charges (but everyone else in town had gone to bed,10pm , damn that was a boring town).
    Cola, lemonade,fruit juices every other time - nobody thinks it's odd.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jun 28, 2008 4:17 PM GMT
    Well to start with I don't drink at all (well I had wine at Thanksgiving, that was the first time in 2 years). It doesn't do much for me. I've never really understood alcholics.

    When I was in middle school I knew a kid who got killed because of a drunk driver. He wasn't a close friend, but its something you never forget. I remember going to a fraternity party a distance from my home when I was in college and almost got hit twice driving home.

    Its just something foreign to me. I can never imagine doing it.

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    Jun 28, 2008 4:21 PM GMT
    kew1 said
    That might not be enough time,depending on the strength (& the size) of the beer.icon_smile.gif
    Are you talking about pints or small bottles?

    True. You can figure this out here.
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    Jun 28, 2008 4:28 PM GMT
    Global_Citizen said[quote][cite]kew1 said[/cite]
    That might not be enough time,depending on the strength (& the size) of the beer.icon_smile.gif
    Are you talking about pints or small bottles?

    True. You can figure this out here.[/quote]

    Just tried that site - you can get 2.7% beer over there?

    ALL our beers count as heavy (except the really low 0.5% stuff but I'm not sure they actually count as beer, rarely taste like it)- the local supermarket doesn't stock anything below 5%, some are 7.5%icon_confused.gif (need a smiley with revolving eyes).
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    Jun 28, 2008 4:52 PM GMT
    I've always felt drunk driving laws should be way, way stricter. There should be major one-strike penalties for a DUI - if people knew their licenses would be suspended for a good calendar year if they screwed up even once, you'd see a lot less drunk people on the road. It's especially disgusting here in Hollywood where rich (and not-so-rich), entitled people simply think they're above any kind of social responsibility or reproach. I was hit-and-run by a drunk film producer driving a Ferrari my first few months living in LA - fortunately, some witnesses hopped on their motorcycles and tracked him down so he was forced to be responsible for his actions.
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    Jun 28, 2008 5:15 PM GMT
    innerathlete saidI've always felt drunk driving laws should be way, way stricter.

    I agree completely. I just used the link I posted above to see what my BAC would have been last night after I went out with some friends. It would have been 0.066, but there's no way I would have (or should have) been behind the wheel of a car. I think there are some very dangerous people driving around even at 0.08 BAC. That's too high to be safe.

    And yes, there should be serious, painful consequences to even a first offense DUI. We've recently made our DUI laws stronger, but still a first offense only requires 48 hours in jail and a fine. It used to only be a fine. Now I think it should be 30 days in jail and a suspended license for one year. That would wake some people up.
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    Jun 28, 2008 5:40 PM GMT
    Obviously, maturity and good sense are the biggest factors in keeping you from driving drunk, but I do have to give credit to the buddy system. I've had friends tell me to sit my ass down and give up the keys, and I'm lucky to have friends that care about me and what happens to me (and of course, anyone else that would be affected if it did happen). So now I try to return the favor by doing the same, and being more aware of when my friends shouldn't be driving. I think the record was five kids in the bed of my truck, because I didn't want them to drive home. Fortunately, we all lived at the same apartment/dorm complex.