By Justin Lowry
I had a friend who was personally effected by impaired driving. My friends and I use to go out almost every weekend. After a heavy night of drinking, I left to go home by getting a transportation service to take me. One by one our friends left to go back home.
One of my friends decided to stay at the bar. She soon left after having a few more drinks. Unbeknownst to her, she was swerving and driving drunk. A police officer spotted her and pulled her over. She was arrested. She had to serve time in jail and had to pay several thousands of dollars for court and attorney fees. She is on probation and she now has to blow in a breath analyzer.
This hit home because there are nights that you feel that you are okay to drive and you find out that you are actually not. This changed my friend’s life tremendously and mine too. I now think if I am going to have a few more drinks than expected, I will not be driving home and I will find someone to drive me to my destination safely.
Justin is a civil engineering student at University of Texas at Arlington and expects to graduate Summer 2018.