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Couples who drink together should not drive together

For years, safety campaigns against intoxicated driving have spread the message that good friends do not allow each other to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The concept behind these campaigns is that people can peer pressure each other out of making destructive driving decisions which could lead to a serious accident. However, peer pressure can work the other way as well, leading friends to reassure one another that neither is too intoxicated to drive home.

Perhaps this is what occurred earlier this month, when a Maryland couple-each of whom had been drinking-crashed into each other on their way home, ultimately causing a three-car accident by colliding into the back of a nearby driver.

The accident took place on US 13 North as the couple each attempted to maneuver their own vehicle back to their residence in Salisbury, Maryland. Investigators later confirmed that both partners were driving under the influence, which perhaps led one of the drunk drivers to slam on his brakes. This sudden stop caused the other intoxicated driver to rear-end him, pushing his car into the vehicle of an innocent 22-year-old bystander.

The 22-year old motorist, the only driver involved in this accident who had not been drinking, was taken to the hospital for minor back injuries. Meanwhile, police officers confirmed that the other two motorists had a blood alcohol level above 0.08 percent and charged them each with DUI.

The drunken motorists also face charges of vehicular assault, driving without a valid license, and-in the case of one driver-possession of the drug Ecstasy. For this couple, their mutual decision to drive while intoxicated has led to some serious consequences which will forever remain on their criminal record.

Stories like this remind us why it's important to remember that friends don't let friends drink and drive.

Source: Delaware Online, "Police: DUI driver rear-ends other DUI driver." Terri Sanginiti, 4 April 2011

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