Law enforcement officials come up with some pretty interesting ideas to raise awareness of drunk driving these days. From printed coasters left in bars to remind drinkers to call a cab, to the creative ads plastered on billboards during March Madness, it’s always interesting to see what they’ll come up with next. So when we saw this cop car from Glendale, California, painted to look like half a taxi and half a cop car to remind people that they need to be careful which ride they choose.
The taxi/cop car has been on the road for a few years now!
The taxi/cop car is part of an initiative started in 2015 in Glendale, to raise awareness about the consequences of your choices. In essence, the message is that you should be smart and choose the taxi because if you don’t you’ll end up in the cop car! And if that sounds like a threat – good – it’s meant to! The Glendale Police Department want drivers to realize that even not making a choice (like not choosing the taxi and just driving yourself home from the bar) counts as making a choice! And you won’t like the consequences.
The one ride costs a lot more than the other!
Picking the taxi cab might cost you an extra $20 or $30 bucks now, depending on how far you live from the bar. But the inconvenience of having to shell out those extra dollars now is ultimately far less inconvenience and money than you’ll have to deal with if you make the wrong choice! A taxi may seem like an unnecessary expense at this point, but when you consider the cost of a drunk driving defense attorney. Defending yourself against an OWI charge in Michigan will cost you thousands, especially when you also factor in the lost income, the court costs and fines, and the impact on your future employment!
It might be from Glendale, but the message works for Michigan too!
Although this clever DUI awareness campaign isn’t local, the sentiment applies just as well here in Michigan! Everyone who goes out to a bar, a restaurant, a party or a game is faced with a choice when the evening is over. Are they going to drive themselves home, or are they going to be driven? It’s a simple choice that can have life-long consequences. So if we can give you a single piece of advice it would be this – always choose the ride home. Never get behind the wheel of a car when you’ve been drinking. It’s just not worth it!
People make mistakes. If you screw up, call us at 866 7NO JAIL.
Having said that, we also understand that people mess up. They misjudge themselves, miscalculate their drinks, and are sometimes overconfident in their own abilities. If you happen to make a poor choice, or overestimate your abilities when it comes to metabolizing alcohol, call The Kronzek Firm at 866 766 5245. Our aggressive and experienced DUI defense attorneys are standing by to help you pick up the pieces and get the best possible outcome in your case. We’re available 24/7 (because we know people rarely make alcohol-related mistakes between the hours of 9 to 5!)