Don’t Drink and Drives


Whether you are pulled over for drunk driving, or any other reason, and there is a reason to believe you have been drinking, generally you will be required to take a sobriety test to find out your BAC level. The limit of .08 is now a law in all 50 states.

PSA-Drunk Driving Kills. A Personal Story.

We’ve all been told this multiple times in our life-don’t drive drunk.  Most of us were told by our parents and teachers; we watched videos in Driver’s Ed, and we see the signs and hear the PSA’s from M.A.D.D. and law enforcement often. Driving drunk comes with so many outcomes and rarely ends with you home safe and sound.  You could lose your license, end up with thousands of dollars in fines, damage property, or worse-kill someone or end up dead yourself.  When you’re happy and bubbly and just a little bit tipsy, it’s easy to forget all the outcomes that come from making any kind of decision, let alone a bad decision.

When I was 22 and first being introduced to my (then) boyfriend’s family, his sister-in-law was involved in a drunk driving accident.  She had made a quick trip to Jackson Hole with a friend who needed a driving buddy, and was hit head on by a drunk driver who had gotten on the freeway going the wrong direction.

Stephanie Wells – Personal Story

My name is Stephanie Wells and I was a successful student experiencing functionality with my mental illness and substance abuse issues. The story following is one about a fall from grace that I hope no one has to experience in their life. I hope you consider the benefits of this story and can offer me help in sharing it to continue the legacy of Michael Rankin’s life so that no family has to feel as his has and will, or how mine has and does, as there are victims on both sides of MY decision to drink and drive. Please take the time out of your busy day to read, consider, and comprehend it. I think it is a great story for all with mental illness and who turn to self medication.

On July 19, 2014 I was driving on market street away from downtown. I had been drinking hours earlier, eaten, and even hung out for a while at a friends house before deciding to leave. Knowing I had done this many times before, feeling “sober”, and being from Wilmington, I felt safe to drive. I typed another friend’s address in my GPS and started on my way. I was not speeding. I was paying attention to the road. But then my phone’s GPS spoke to me. Even though I knew I was far away from having to turn or anything, I looked down at the phone. Had I not looked down, I would have seen the car in front of me move to the other lane to avoid someone hunched in the street next to a moped. The next thing I remember is looking up and the crash. The sound terrified me, and at this point my first instinct was to get to my house (which was about 2 miles away) and figure out what happened and what to do. I did not know if I ran off the road and hit a tree, hit something, or hit someone.

 

Drinking and Driving At Its Worst

We have all heard the stories about how people are caught drinking and driving. The circumstances are similar; weaving in the lane, running over a curb, hitting another vehicle in a parking lot – these are just a few ways that people get caught. Some even involve high speed chases like you would see in a movie. What you are about to read are some unusual circumstances around arrests for drinking and driving in New Jersey.

 

 

 

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