a reply to: Bloodydagger
I suppose I'll preface this by saying that I have a DUI. Oddly enough, my experience has actually made me want stricter laws regarding them.
I sort of agree with you. Drunk people should not be allowed on the road, and spending a few minutes or seconds of your time to flash ID and
basically let a cop sniff you isn't really much of a hardship. Especially considering how many people are killed or injured annually by jackasses
(I'm including myself, horrible thing to have done and won't make excuses) every year. You could also easily argue it's doing the drunk driver a
real service. Killing someone would would be horrific, and to a much lesser extent so would the financial issues and jail time. I get that having a
drivers license is a privilege and not a right.
I just don't like the idea of people being stopped arbitrarily under the auspices of public safety. A cop doesn't get to pull you over unless there
is an infraction. These stops are a slippery slope. It reminds me too much of the old "If you're not doing anything wrong you have nothing to
fear!" adage. Well fine, but where does that end?
You still do have rights while you're driving even if driving itself isn't one. You can't be detained or searched, and neither can the vehicle
unless there is probable cause. This is essentially a search without probable cause and without a warrant. This bothers me.
You give an inch, someone might take a mile. I don't want to be stopped on the street randomly and frisked, which was what I would have said the
NEXT step would be, but that's already a thing (or was). I don't want to be sitting at home doing whatever it is Domo's do at home (don't ask)
and have to let my place be ransacked because I am in a particular neighborhood and police are doing random checks to insure no one is cooking drugs.
Because I'm horribly embarrassed about it, and want to caution others, I'll end on my DUI. I will NEVER drink and drive again. I realize that's a
common thing to hear, but there is just no way. When the cop that arrested me was driving me to the police station he said he felt bad about it since
I obviously "got it", but I could have killed someone. That was a hard thing to admit to myself. I could have killed someone. He mentioned his
two daughters and I'm not ashamed to admit my eyes welled up. Just thinking about hurting someone else was had more of an impact on me than anything
I didn't go to jail that night. I was pretty convinced I was going to. Then the cop asked me to call someone for a ride home. I told him I
couldn't (too ashamed), and asked if I could call a cab. He ended up driving me home, and I've got to say the front seat of a cop car is much nicer
than the back.
I did have to spend 1 day in jail, hire an attorney (5,000) , pay a fine ($2,500 I think) and pay for and attend an 8 hour meeting (almost as bad as
jail and $100), attend 4 sessions with a substance abuse counselor ($120 a pop), get a device installed in my car that I had to blow into (can't
remember install price but a fair amount (a couple hundred) and $120 a month for a year), get SR-71 insurance (which itself isn't expensive but they
certainly raise your rates for the DUI) after losing my insurance provider that wouldn't insure someone with a DUI for 5 years. Jail was not fun for
me. I'm fairly claustrophobic, so being in a tight space with 20 people I didn't know for 24 hours wasn't great. On top of that telling family
about it which was really tough. Oh, I forgot to mention what I'm paying monthly for my insurance now. Now keep in mind I have a new car that is
considered sporty (for good reason) and almost everything is maxed out, full coverage etc... $500 + a month. It was still pretty freaking bad on my
now 10 year old SUV with the least amount of legal coverage though.
DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE. If you're lucky like me it will just cost you a F# ton of money for one stupid mistake. If you really mess up you're going
to kill someone (or multiple people), hate yourself with a passion for the rest of your life, possibly not survive, pay a huge sum of money, be jailed
for a long time and have trouble getting a job. It's not worth it at all.
I got off easy. Never again.