Any time you drink and drive you are not only putting yourself at risk, but putting others at risk as well. It’s easy to think that you’re in control of a situation or “just tipsy,” but tipsy driving is drunk driving. Unfortunately, you don’t have to look too far for from home to find how drunk driving can affect yourself and others, such is the story in Colorado Springs.
A man was arrested on suspicion of DUI recently in Colorado Springs in an accident that caused damage to three vehicles including the driver. Paul Booker of Colorado Springs was arrested on suspicion of DUI and destruction of property after he lost control of the vehicle he was operating and drove into the driveway of a home, damaging his vehicle and 2 other vehicles in the driveway during the process. The accident occurred in the 100 block of South 27th St near Colorado Avenue near Colorado City.
Here’s the sad fact about that DUI arrest, Booker will potentially be looking at jail time, license suspicion, community service and multiple thousands of dollars in fines from possibly just one bad decision. It’s hard to get into the head of those who drive while intoxicated but there’s no doubt that the decision to pay for a cab would have been both a smarter decision and would only cost Mr. Booker a few dollars compared to thousands of dollars.
The only good thing about driving under the influence charges is that you have the choice whether to drive drunk. If you know you’re going to a bar or party where you’ll consume alcohol, and maybe too a little too much, you should already have a plan in place to get home. This can include the number of a cab service, a ride from a designated driver, you can even look up public transportation schedules for when you think you will be leaving. With the amount of resources available, there is never any excuse for driving while intoxicated.
There’s nothing wrong with having a good time, if yourself and those around you remain safe. Don’t be like the numskull in Colorado Springs, if you know you will be intoxicated have a safe way to get home before you even go out.