I’m amazed and thrilled at how the times have changed. Not so long ago there was a certain stigma attached to people who “had” to leave their car in the bar parking lot after a night of imbibing. They were ridiculed by their friends for being so intoxicated that they had to leave their vehicle behind because they were too drunk to drive.
You could drive by the pub in the early hours of the morning and see people doing the “army crawl” across the lot, continually peering over their shoulder to see if they were being watched while they skulked across the pavement to retrieve their vehicle.
Nowadays having the clear thought to leave your car behind is being worn like a badge of honor rather than a badge of shame. People that have the foresight to give up their keys and find an alternate way home should be seen as heroes. If you have to say to yourself, “I’m fine”, you’re probably not fine enough to drive.
On the rare occasion that I go out for a few drinks, I am one of those people who will put their keys aside and choose to be judged, if you will, for leaving my car in the parking lot and choosing to get a ride home. Knowing that I choose to put other people’s safety ahead of my need to have my car in the driveway in the morning is a great feeling. Even in a small town like the one I live in, choosing to do the right thing just feels right. I may only encountered a deer or a wild turkey, or nothing at all, but I choose to not take the chance of something greater being in my path.
It takes just a split second to make that choice not to drive if you have been drinking. And it also takes a split second to be on the wrong side of the line and cost someone else time in the hospital or even worse. Make the right decision – park your car for the night and get that safe ride home. I’d rather be the one the one they point the finger at to say “I saw your car at the bar” then to be the one that caused the accident that cost someone their life.