Now that the page has turned to 2017, it’s a brand new year with a clean slate for everyone. Because it’s a time when people commonly start fresh, people everywhere are taking part in the time-honored tradition of making New Year’s resolutions. Having a hard time deciding which resolution you’d make? Here’s one for everyone: never drink and drive.
If it sounds like a hard resolution to keep, it shouldn’t be. There are a lot of compelling reasons to make sure 2017 is the year you stick to your guns and never choose to drink and drive again.
You don’t want to crash
Crashing your vehicle isn’t just a possibility when you drink and drive; it’s practically inevitable, and the potential of injuring or killing another person in a crash is something you’ll have to live with for the rest of your life.
You love your family
Sometimes when someone drinks and drives, they also make the decision to take family members along for the ride. That’s because they don’t see the danger in drinking and driving, and they won’t see that danger until they crash and injure or kill someone.
You enjoy your life as it is
You’ve got your own home, a good job, and a happy family. You can go on a vacation once or twice a year, and holidays are happy times spent with friends and family who love and respect you. Even if you drink and drive and all that happens to you is an arrest, driver’s license suspension, ignition interlock, and a day in court, people can and will lose respect for you because of that conviction.
Not only that, if you crash and injure or kill someone because of that choice, you’ll lose your job because you may have to spend time in jail or because you’ve lost your driver’s license. You could also lose your house due to legal fees and fines.
No matter how you slice it, drinking and driving is a choice. The only way people are going to stop making that choice is to understand how dangerous it is before you drive. Think about what can happen if you do, and you’ll see making the decision to not drink and drive in 2017 and beyond should be a pretty easy resolution to keep.