Life Lessons: Don’t Drive Drunk

16 Mar

The other night one of my best friends and I happened to be in exactly the right place at the right time. Something or someone sent us to see something that will forever change some of the stupid, irresponsible shit we’ve done before.

Getting a DUI can and will ruin your life. Don't risk it.

At around 1:12 AM, we were approaching a very popular intersection in the city, heading toward Burger King for a late night snack. At the same time, we noticed a car speeding (around 60-70 mph in a 35 mph zone) down the lanes that run the opposite direction. The car struck a massive power line pole, which fell and struck the front end of the car. The car spun out at least 6 or 7 times, and debris flew everywhere. A power line was severed and sparking all over the street. Brooke pulled over to the side of the road and I pulled out my phone to call 911. The dispatcher asked me a lot of detailed questions and let me know that police were on the way. Eventually we made our way into the parking lot facing the accident and let a police officer know that we witnessed the accident. To make a long story short, we ended up waiting around for two hours until the police said we could go. We also ran into two acquaintances of some friends we had just been hanging out with before seeing the accident.

The driver is under suspicion of DUI, which makes sense due to the high speed and general reckless nature of the accident. Brooke and myself are simply lucky that the car didn’t cross the median, because we could have been very hurt. We took the time to think about what happened and how important it is for young people who enjoy going out for drinks to be more responsible. I will not go into too much detail, but we are hoping that this experience will change the minds about some people we know about driving after a night of partying. It’s not worth the risk of a DUI, injury, or death. If you’re going out in a group of friends, someone has to step up and be responsible. It’s only the right thing to do.

One Response to “Life Lessons: Don’t Drive Drunk”

  1. shoutabyss March 16, 2010 at 4:09 PM #

    Nice post. Hopefully the driver and all of the witnesses and all of their friends picked up on the important lesson.

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