So here's the thing, what to do when your friend wants to leave the braai and you know he has had one too many? Do you act all macho, like he is doing, and laugh, agreeing with him that ‘yes, of course I can drive, I’ve been driving all my life and I really know what I’m doing’, or do you take the side of good sense, possibly losing face as you do so?
That’s where the trouble starts, when good men do nothing. We all want to belong, and sometimes we follow the crowd when our gut is saying different. It’s not only teenagers that bow to peer pressure, adults do it too. So, when the ouens are about to allow someone to make a really bad decision, like driving drunk, surely that’s the time to disagree.
Bobby Nitro notices that teenagers are much more attuned to this aspect of road safety than are the old school ouens. We could learn from them. They call an Uber.
Driving under the influence is the single biggest cause of road fatalities. When you are drunk, you feel invincible and the temptation to get in that car is big. But your flesh and bones, and those of your passengers, are just as soft. The change begins with you.