Every day, law enforcement officers and emergency personnel rush to the scene of tragic vehicle crashes. Each crash is unique — each cause and outcome is different. Nearly one-third of vehicle crash fatalities are due to drunk driving. Those numbers remain similar year after year. Even with the knowledge that drunk driving is criminal behavior (not to mention deadly) in all 50 states, people continue to drink and drive. Even after numerous DUIs, data shows some people continue this frightening behavior. Drinking and driving is a choice, and it is a choice that should not be made.
Authorities are urging Vermilion drivers to save a life — do not make the tragic choice to drink and drive.
Drunk driving isn’t the only risk on the road: drug-impaired driving is also an increasing problem on our roads. If drivers are impaired by any substance — alcohol or drugs — they should not get behind the wheel of a vehicle. Driving while impaired is illegal, period. The bottom line is this: If You Feel Different, You Drive Different. Drive High, Get a DUI. It’s that simple.
The decision to not drink or get high and drive should never be a tough one. Intoxicated driving is illegal, but it’s also deadly — to the driver, to his or her passengers, and to other road users. If you cannot control your own behavior, a law enforcement officer will.
Law enforcement officers are showing zero tolerance for anyone driving drunk. If you are driving drunk, you will be arrested — no excuses. This news should not come as a shock; everyone knows it is against the law to drink and drive in every state. Alcohol and drug consumption lowers inhibitions, causing you to make bad decisions you would not otherwise make. Do not trust yourself when you drink or use drugs.
Intoxicated driving is never okay. If you are planning to drink or use drugs, plan ahead for a sober ride home. Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation to get home safely. If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local law enforcement. Have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.
Ultimately, drunk driving is 100-percent preventable. Don’t make the choice to put yourself and others at risk.