Unfortunately, if things would go that smoothly then we would not be flooded with horrible reports of so many accidents caused by intoxicated drivers. Many times, when you are appealing to a intoxicated driver they will become hostile and be in denial about how intoxicated they are. Many will come up with self justifications or excuses on why they SHOULD drive intoxicated. “I driver better after a few drinks”, “I downed a starbucks coffee not too long ago, I’m sobering right up”, “ I live only two blocks away”.
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Comments and reasoning’s like those are a way for the intoxicated person to justify their way of thinking and justifying why they think they can driver when in reality they can’t even stand up straight. Trying to get the keys from people like this to physically stop them from driving can be difficult and sometimes impossible. Although sometimes a simple diversion like “ I left my purse in the car, can I grab the keys real quick,” or “I will warm the car up” will sometimes end up being a life saver for not only the person driving but also for many other people.
The possibility that none of your reasoning being effective, there are two final alternatives. You can always call a cab or call the police. Most friends or family members won’t call the police to stop the intoxicated driver but we have to remember all those lives that your intoxicated friend could be endangering and sometimes that threat alone will make them rethink getting behind the wheel. Persuasion is a huge factor when it concerns an intoxicated friend or family member from climbing behind the wheel of a vehicle.
Some might just need some gentle persuasion, a slight moral nudge to remind them while others might need a little bit more force. Having a plan of action to deal with intoxicated drivers are always the first step of taking preventable measures to help ease the pressure of having to drive intoxicated. When reminding them that there is always another safer and legal option make sure to express your emotions while you’re attempting to persuade the intoxicated driver. It’s very important for them to understand how important saving not only their life is but also that they could be saving the lives of many other people.
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