Thursday, January 15, 2009

No, you drive

It's always a good plan, after a night of drinking, to make sure that you have a designated driver. It's probably a better plan to let that person actually do the driving, but there are people that just want to buck the trend, and keep a DD on hand just in case they get a little sleepy.

And then there's a couple of people in New York, who didn't quite get a hang of the concept. Sure, the driver pulled the car over, and changed spots with the passenger, because he was too drunk to drive. The only problem?

The passenger was drunk, too.

The two were noticed by the police while they were pulled over to the side of the road, trading places in the vehicle. Unfortunately for them, they didn't suddenly become Dan Aykroyd or Eddie Murphy, and by trading places, they didn't miraculously sober up, as was proven by the immediate tailgating of another vehicle. One can assume that a couple of older gentlemen may have had a bet placed on the outcome, but we can't be certain, because the two drivers were both charged with DWIs.

This is a prime example of how simply selecting a designated driver in your head doesn't do the job. In fact, both people may have assumed that the other would avoid drinking, so that they'd have a safe passage home, and yet both found themselves in no condition to be driving.

Of course, it's more likely that neither man was even thinking about remaining sober. In fact, there's a good chance that the cry of, "Let's see how many shots we can do" was echoed out at some point before the two left the bars.

Oh, if only they'd had a third person with them. Except, with their luck, it would have been a third drunk person.

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