Why Do We Still Drink and Drive?

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Why do people still drink and drive when they know they're not supposed to? Lindsay Lohan is going to jail because she violated her probation for NOT learning that lesson ... and she's not alone. 30 percent of us will be involved in a drunk driving accident in our lives. Every 45 minutes, someone will be killed by a drunk driver. And at least 50 percent of drunk drivers will continue to drive drunk after having their licenses suspended. 

What's your take: How do you stop doing something you know is wrong?

Knowing the risks and potential tragedies that result from drunk driving, why do so many of us continue to do it? And is it time our laws get even tougher?

Eric Morris just finished writing a series on drunk driving for the New York Times Freakonomics column. He shares his knowledge and some unsettling facts.

Dan Hoge also joins us. A four-time convicted drunk driver, he’s now been sober for eight years. He’s the founder of Drunks Against Drunk Driving.


Dan Hoge and Eric Morris

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Comments [3]

JP from princeton

Well, part of the problem is alcoholics are in denial, yes. But plenty of non alcoholics drive drunk or UI. Part of the problem as i see it is few people live within walking distance of a bar. we live mostly in suburbs, isolated from friends, we meet up at the Chili's on the freeway or something like that. There's no party bus or public transportation that goes from our condo complex to the Chili's. How many times can you go out with friends and drink soda all night?

Eventually you're going to try sneaking home a little tanked up, and that's when the trouble starts.

So let's get those party buses going on the weekends! Pick the 5 biggest drunk driving areas of the country and get some corporate sponsors, like Anheuser Busch, and start pilot project to see if party busing reduces fatalities from DUIs

Apr. 21 2012 11:49 AM
Mayo from Fort Lauderdale FL

As stated by 3 different judges, " driving is a privelage".. Like Dan I also experienced 4 dui's.
After 10 extensive years of treatment and rigorous Discipline I came to the realization that alcohol is not only a drug but a serious stonghold which has caused me The loss of a career , a family, and years of life.
I am fortunate today to be alive. But unfortunately still
have not captured the selfcontrol of alcoholism.


Jul. 20 2010 09:46 AM

I have two DUIs and am an error in judgment waiting to take place when I get a few in me, so I'm getting a voluntary interlock device in my car. I don't care how silly it looks or seems. I don't trust myself to not drive when under the influence, and this is the only way I can be sure that doesn't happen. Of course I know it's dumb to do when I'm sober. Everyone does. An exception is much easier to justify when you've a nice buzz and don't want to be inconvenienced.

Jul. 19 2010 11:05 PM

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