I was scrolling down my facebook page and read the following:
“For those of you having a drink tonight in Santa Monica we have a DUI checkpoint on ******* just south of ******* Blvd. You’re welcome!”
I intentionally left out the streets because I do not want to be guilty of the same act as the author of the post.
You see there is a reason why drinking and driving is illegal. There is a reason there are checkpoints. And it is not to be a buzz kill. It is to prevent people from killing others while driving intoxicated.
Maybe tonight, maybe someday in the future, someone will die because of this facebook post. Am I being overdramatic? Perhaps. But fates could be changed by this post. With all of the “likes” and comments received by it, there could be those altering their routes home tonight. An accident that may not have occurred, might.
Some, who may have received a ticket, will not. Maybe if they had received a DUI, or DWI, this person would never drink and drive again. Not receiving it, this person may go on to drink and drive for years, and one day get in an accident that takes out an individual, or maybe a family.
Fate is a strange thing. I must acknowledge, that any fate altering comment or event has the potential to change things for “good” or “bad”. Someone who otherwise would have gone out, could read what I call a stupid facebook post and for whatever reason decide not to go out. Or decide not to drink since they can’t avoid that particular intersection. Thus maybe saving a life.
However, we collectively come up with mores and laws with the greater good in mind. Remove all DUI checkpoints and do you think that would have a positive or negative impact on fatalities due to drunk driving?
I get it. Many of us don’t like rules, laws, or paying taxes. But if we knew every enforcement mechanism in advance what would that do to the stability of our everyday life? To our overall safety? To our economy? To our survival as individuals and as a society?
Sadly, it is the randomness of legal enforcement measures, not a moral sense of right and wrong, that keeps many of us in line. Remove that randomness from the equation by telling us where all of the “checkpoints” are and things will break down.
Tonight, there is at least one checkpoint that will not be as effective as it might have been. And for this we should thank the person who posted it on Facebook? Somehow I don’t see anyone associated with Mother’s Against Drunk Drivers “liking” this post.
I hope it’s worth the cool points he’s getting with his FB “friends”.