I just saw this video on Facebook. As expected the moment of and aftermath depiction of the kind of accidents caused by DUI drivers is graphic but, imo, not gratuitously so. Every portrayal is an accident I've read about in the news over the years whether it was caused by alcohol or inattentive driving. Which really brings home that on New Years Eve you can celebrate, but be responsible.
For the sake of the person or people you are going to maim or kill, for your own sake, and the sake of your family, friends, and loved ones who will mourn you when you die, have to visit you in prison, have to care for you the rest of your life if you're severely disabled, or have to give you rides to and from work each day for a year after you lose your license, don't do it. Don't drive drunk.
In this day and age there are no excuses left. We all know better. We can even purchase keychain breathalyzers. If you've celebrated too much you have plenty of choices to get yourself (or a friend) home safely:
1. CALL A CAB
2. CALL A FRIEND FOR A RIDE
3. CALL A FAMILY MEMBER FOR A RIDE
4. CALL "Tipsy Tow" FOR A FREE RIDE HOME WITH YOUR CAR
Call 1-800-AAA-HELP to see if Tipsy Tow is available where you live.
AAA’s Tipsy Tow Program offers a free tow for drinking drivers in Northern California – members and non-members alike – from 6pm on New Year’s Eve 2012 (Monday, December 31, 2012) until 6am the next morning, in Northern California, Nevada and Utah.
For Tipsy Tow in Northern CA call (800) 222-4357 (AAA-HELP) and tell the operator “I need a Tipsy Tow” for a free tow of up to 10 miles. Service is restricted to a one-way ride for the driver and his or her vehicle to the driver’s home.
5. CALL FOR A FREE "Safe and Sober" CAB RIDE HOME.
Serving San Francisco and Sacramento
Berg Injury Lawyers will be offering a Safe and Sober Free Cab Ride Home from 10pm on Monday, December 31, 2012 through 4am on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 through Luxor Cab and Yellow Cab companies.
San Francisco (within city limits), call Luxor Cab at (415) 282-4141. Tell them Berg Injury Lawyers is picking up the tab ($35 Limit)
Sacramento, call Yellow Cab Company of Sacramento at (916) 444-2222. Tell them Berg Injury Lawyers is picking up the tab ($35 Limit)
Cab rides are made available to area residents who otherwise might attempt to drive home after drinking. Rides are provided from bars & restaurants (not from house parties) to an individual’s residence and not to other drinking locations.
6. PUBLIC TRANSIT
Muni will run free service from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Caltrain and SamTrans will be free from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.
If you do drive, cause an accident, and get arrested I also know a bail bond company you can call: 1-866-677-BAIL (2245).
You may wonder why I'm friends with a Bail Bond company. It's because I built their website a few years ago and have stayed in touch ever since. I probably know far more about the bail industry than you would have thought I did. Maybe I'll do a post about how bail works sometime next year.
For now, have fun but please stay safe. The world needs you and the person or people you could take out if you DUI. And be safe not just on NYE, but every single day.