Drunk driving has been in the headlines a lot lately with celebrities like Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Nicole Richie doing jail time for getting behind the wheel when their blood alcohol is past the legal limit. I also just watched a news story about how the number of female drunk drivers is climbing rapidly.
As a bartender, you HAVE to think about the people you are sending out onto the street at the end of the night. But at the same time, thanks to groups like MADD, the legal blood alcohol limits are getting more and more strict. Some cities are so strict that a person is considered legally intoxicated after a beer or two.
Which brings us to a new book I received to review: Drinking, Driving, and SurvivingÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
Uncovering the secrets of DUI avoidance by Parnell Worthington. The book is is targeting an audience who enjoys alcohol, but also drives home after a night at the bar and offers a wide variety of tips for avoiding encounters with the law.
The book begins with the easiest techniques such as DON’T DO IT. Worthington gives some alternatives such as using public transportation or a designated driver. But in a lot of cities, public transportation isn’t a possibility and most designated drivers end up drunk by the end of the night anyway. After the common sense techniques are covered, Worthington breaks out the black-hat stuff.
Some good knowledge is dished out. Some of the key techniques involve planning ahead, avoiding “nuisance” bars, avoiding police checkpoints and excuses that work when you do eventually get pulled over. There is even a chapter devoted to what to do when they’ve got you in cuffs.
Worthington interviews several “masters” of drunk driving throughout the course of the book. The most extreme “master” is a character dubbed Drunk Tsu. Drunk Tsu not only likes to drive drunk, but he likes to drink while he drives. His first word of advice is to stick to cans and avoid the bottles. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Bottles are problematic on several counts,Ã¢â‚¬Â says Drunk Tzu. Ã¢â‚¬Å“For starters, they roll all over the gad damned place and once the cops pull you over, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a little too late to tidy up and are hard to keep track of. Plus, the noise of those bottles rolling around breaks my concentration, man.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The book is written in a casual, conversational style that is pretty hilarious at times. I’m not sure if the “masters” are actually real people, but in the end it doesn’t matter because they make the book much more entertaining. Most of the information you’ll find here seems like common sense, but it never hurts to get a refresher course.
By reviewing this book, I am in no way encouraging anybody to drive drunk. However, casual drunk driving is something that exists on a far larger scale than anybody really wants to admit. Before you get offended, dig deep into your memory to make sure you’ve never driven drunk… and that time you drank two tall Miller Lites at Chilis with your family DOES count.
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