United States Backs Drunk DrivingOf all crimes in the United States, DUIs are the most political; dare I even say controversial. If the United States were serious about curtailing drunk driving they should implement a zero tolerance policy throughout all 50 states - period. I can't tell you how many coworkers (I've worked in marketing and accounting firms) confided in me that they have a DUI - some even multiple offenders. These people are not criminals – they are hard working Americans, raking in 70 or 100K a year that thought three beers or a couple glasses of wine wouldn’t land them in a holding cell. The ultimate question remains: why does the United States continue to allow people to drive under the influence? If the effects of alcohol are known to impair judgment then why uphold a law that asks those who have consumed alcohol to self-assess whether or not they are legally fit to drive? Someone try and demonstrate to me how this is not enticing people to get screwed.
DUIs are quite simply a cat and mouse game. Get into your car after a couple drinks and it begins: (i) check your rear view mirror, (ii) chew some gum, (iii) turn on the A/C and use your turn signals cause it’s on! If you work in corporate America or high profile sales you've been there.
MADD has the right idea, but they are borderline fanatical - not to mention their own leadership can’t stop from drunk driving : http://www.actionnewsjax.com/content/topstories/story/MADD-member-arrested-for-DUI/nTx20U0OEkCJmBwqqXDMJg.cspx. I feel for MADD as an organization, it’s just too bad they deny having become an instrumental cog in the DUI racket. Instead of giving cops bonuses, why don’t they take on industries that continually allow the US to endorse drunk driving? Instead MADD get’s guys like me with .08 BACs who will the charge thrown out anyhow because we can afford decent lawyers. If MADD really wanted to curtail the problem, they would go straight to the heart of the problem: Capitol Hill.
DUI prevention campaigns are a, excuse my use of language, ******* joke. If DUI activists were serious about curtailing drunk driving they should explain that if you get caught: (i) you will never get a government job; (ii) you will SUBSTANCIALLY reduce your employability; (iii) suffer DSM category psychological disorders ranging from anywhere from boarder-line clinical depression to hypertensive anxiety disorder; (iv) this will stay on your record for 10 years; (v) you will not get insurance discounts for 10 years; (vi) if and when you get caught hundreds of record checking pay sites will have registered your arrest so no matter if it gets expunged your future employers will find out about it…
I could go on for days. Those are just the few I thought would grab your attention. Look, I’m talking from experience here, I have been in the system not to mention I also have a Masters of Science degree in a highly sought after field from a reputable American university, work experience and perfect credit. Yet, some employers denied me employment because what DUI commercials don’t tell you is that now – you are a statistic. HR departments around the world are modernizing recruiting efforts with complex IT systems and if you have a DUI, you’re in it. Your DUI statistically shows that you are more prone to cost the company productivity, health care and morale.
The laws that currently still allow drunk-driving are upheld by various interests actively lobbying all facets of local state and federal law. These interests are comprised of the liquor, entertainment and restaurant industries – who else. Don’t believe me take a look: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/special/highway/stories/hwy032698.html. The only thing you should be appalled by is that the US still allows drunk driving for economic reasons.
Truth be told, the United States wants people to drink and drive – they even told you that if your blood alcohol level is .08 you can go ahead and take the wheel. You feel fine right? But wait, just to be sure you wouldn’t happen to have an Intoxilyzer 8000 in your car would you? Wait, the US said you could operate a vehicle with a BAC of less than .08 but you don’t have a calibrated instrument to test this? No? Don’t worry. Every police cruiser in the United States does.