Yesterday morning’s ABC 15 News in Phoenix, featuring Kimberly Cheng, did a spot on the book, bringing to light just how scary a DUI can be. Not all DUI offenders are alcoholics… I would not be surprised to find that middle to upper class offenders make up an increasingly larger arrest list for DUI-related charges.
Today, Frank Camacho from Channel 3 in Phoenix will be doing a piece at 4:30 pm and then again at 5:30 pm on the book and has interviewed the subject to bring to the surface all of the mystery behind Arizona DUIs and Tent City.
Read, watch, and learn about making good decisions when out for a few cocktails.
Last night Kelly and I went out for dinner and each had a glass of wine. She only had half, I the full glass. Every time I go out now, I wonder at what point would I be considered over the limit? In years past it was never even a consideration and in the last couple of years, I would just try to pace myself and not drink but 1-2 drinks an hour… but it would be over several hours and, if I’m with friends, at some point I would stop thinking about it. Today, the thought is in my head every time I take a drink. Even if I’m having a drink at home, I have to consider if I will need to drive in the next few hours… The mental consumption of the idea of a DUI has overtaken the physical consumption and the enjoyment of social drinking….
With this blog I hope to initiate a conversation centering around my new book, Destination Tent City, AZ.
This book is an “as told to” account of a young woman’s horrific two years after receiving a DUI. By writing it, I hoped to turn her ordeal into a positive experience. Although we can all agree that drinking and driving is dangerous and must be stopped, we should be debating the severity of the penalties; our present system is so punitive that it often leaves offenders completely crushed and therefore more likely to re-offend; they simply have nothing left to lose. I do not believe that the woman who told me her story will ever drink and drive again. I’m willing to bet she’s one of the exceptions. If we really want to help problem drinkers and alcoholics and prevent them from driving under the influence in the future, why are we throwing them in prison over one infraction? We should at least ensure that our primary goal isn’t filling the state’s coffers by keeping its prisons occupied.
I look forward to hearing and discussing your thoughts and suggestions about this controversial subject. Have you or a friend or family member had a DUI, and if so, what was that experience like? What are the DUI laws like in your state?