Today I was talking on the phone with a person close to me, someone I love and respect(a blood relative) This person mentioned that they had been out with friends last night for drinks and had spent today feeling hungover. Okay, it’s their body, let them deal with it. But when I asked if this person had driven themselves home they sheepishly admitted they had. “But it was only a couple of blocks!”
What? The distance doesn’t matter! Thank God(literally ) that you didn’t kill yourself or someone else! I have always said I think that drunk driving, especially if someone injures another, should have severe penalties. Personally, if you kill someone while DUI, I think it should be a murder charge, not manslaughter or something like that.
And now someone I care about has admitted to driving DUI. IT’s more than a story in the paper about someone else, it’s about someone I know. How am I supposed to feel now about this person? Differently? It’s not the drinking, I drink myself. But the first time I ever got drunk(thefirst time I drank, for crying out loud) I called a cab. Should I forget about this? My relative is a wonderful person, smart, loyal, etc. What do I do now?