Driving while intoxicated is probably one of the worst things you can do on the road. It is up there with distracted driving, speeding, street racing, tailgating, and weaving. But there are many drunk drivers on our roads, because they do not have designated drivers who can take them home after a night out, they do not fear getting caught, and they do not fear the possible consequences.
You can get arrested
Driving under the influence of alcohol is against the law. If you are charged with this offense, you can face fines, license suspensions, jail times, and other penalties. These may give you a significant hit financially, as the fines can reach thousands of dollars. The license suspensions may make it harder for you to get around the city. The jail times may make you lose your job.
According to the website of the Law Offices of Richard A. Portale, P.C., DWI charges can be defended. But who wants to deal with the hassles of legal matters? It is better to just avoid drunk driving altogether.
You may be involved in an accident
Drunk driving is illegal because alcohol can significantly affect your driving skills. Physically, you can lose control of your body, feel fatigued, or experience vision problems. Mentally, you may not understand traffic lights and warning signs and have a slow reaction time. These problems put you at risk of car accidents.
You put others at risk of accidents as well
You are not the only person on the road. If your driving skills are limited, you are also putting the other people around you at risk. This includes passengers, pedestrians, other drivers, motorcyclists, and bicyclists.
What makes this worse is the fact that they are innocent and only got involved in the accident because of you. This is especially true if they have sustained an injury because of the accident. Traumatic head injuries, whiplashes, spinal cord damages, and broken bones, are some of the worst injuries they can sustain.