Farrah Abraham has written two blog postings to describe the events of her St. Patrick’s Day drunk driving arrest. In doing so, she has provided a powerful educational tool for those of us who want to prevent drunk driving! Some of it just needs to be interpreted in the proper light. The two original postings are here and here.
So let’s take a look at some of the more meaningful bits and pieces to see what can be learned from the Queen of Denial, Farrah Abraham’s postings …
QoD: “So … I was out and actually with family, … with my friend … only worried about my one family member … what I was worried about which was ‘Finding my family member’ …”
DADO: This illustrates what we say on our Home page that 90% of all drunk driving happens after drinking with family, friends, and coworkers. We are surprisingly unwilling to stop those closest to us when we know they are about to drive drunk. As a society we need to stop letting each other drink and drive.
QoD: “… I was put in the position to be the driver and make sure we get home safe that evening … take this breathalyzer test … it was a .145 …”
DADO: There are rules to being a designated driver and the most important one is to not drink any alcohol at all. A common and often fatal mistake is made by letting the least drunk of the bunch be the designated driver.
QoD: “… So I know myself and I had not drank to the extent to be negligent … I am certified to sale alcohol and bartend … I am very cautious regarding just a night out with drinking … I think about what I do, what my actions will do to myself and others … like I mentioned, I know how to handle myself …”
DADO: The laws are based on how much alcohol is in your blood, not on how you feel. That’s one of the first things a driver who drinks needs to know. Bartenders in particular, usually receive specific training. This training can help you learn how alcohol passes through the body. Then you are better equipped to figure out how much time must pass after several drinks before driving.
QoD: “… like everyone else who is 21 years of age or older … not the first 21 year old … 21 is a tough year … 21 is the year to understand the good and bad … your car gets toed … stuck without your keys … have to pay fines … the world in general feels against you …”
DADO: A drunk driving arrest sucks no matter what your age is. However, if you are under 21, the penalties are much harsher. There are higher fines and your insurance company will spank you HARD for years. This is true in every State. You don’t want to get arrested for drunk driving before the age of 21.
QoD: “… I was by no way or shape deserving of a cop walking over to my Parked car … I told him what I was worried about … he immediately demanded all the regular documentation … does not let my friend just take me home … by this point I’m pissed … this cop just kept pressing my buttons … this cop tells me I’m purposely refusing … another way to continue to piss someone off … so I quit talking to this cop … the asswhole cop … ya what a dumbass …”
DADO: Cops can be real pricks when confronted with belligerent drunks. Whenever a police officer walks up to your car, how you are treated depends largely on your attitude. Be aware that there are certain behaviors which could impact the relationship you have with your arresting officer. Decorum is strongly advised.
There you have it. If you read between the lines and pay attention to what Farrah says, then …
QoD: “… I’m happy to hear that you will never have an alcohol related issue!”