You’ll Never Drive Drunk If…
St. Patrick’s Day is always one of my favorite days of the year, though often the day after is one of my least favorite, because everybody comes out and has a good time. It seems as if Milwaukee comes out of hibernation on this day, and the streets are bustling with people. But it also reminds me that everyday somebody says “I think I can drive.” I don’t need the news to tell me that people jumped in their cars on St. Patrick’s Day who had no business driving, I’m sure some did.
This is terrible and to make matters worse it is a completely avoidable problem.
This solution is often is hinted at when for example on St. Patrick’s Day the Milwaukee County Transit System offers free bus service. What this says is that the solution to drunk driving is to eliminate the driving. I know it’s crazy, but if you live in a walkable mixed-use neighborhood there is no need to drive when you go out on the town. Neighborhoods like East Town, the East Side, Bay View, and Riverwest to name just a few all offer the advantage of being able to walk to your corner tavern. It’s not to say that people who live in the city don’t drive drunk, there are surly people who do, but when you can walk a couple of blocks to the tavern you’ll never be the person saying “I think I can drive.”
It’s simple really. You’ll never drive drunk if you don’t drive. So live in a neighborhood where you can go out and get home safely without a car. And if you can’t do that, please, at least take a cab.