Drinking In Community College Is One Thing. Driving Is Another.

by Chad Agrawal

It's difficult to understand why anyone would get behind the wheel of a car after ingesting alcohol.

You might think that one bottle of beer, glass of wine, or mixed drink wouldn't be enough to impair you, but any time you imbibe you run the risk of losing control.

Whether your vision is blurred, your reaction times have slowed, or you simply become drowsy, the impairment caused by alcohol, no matter how minute, could lead to an accident.

And alcohol is, of course, known to impair judgment, although if you think it's okay to operate a motor vehicle after drinking, one has to wonder if your judgment is the best to begin with anyway.

Despite this, some community college students will drink and drive during their time in school.

Here are just a few good reasons to arrange for a designated driver or call a cab instead of getting behind the wheel.

The Consequences Are Sever...At The Least.

For starters, there is your age to consider. If you are not yet 21, and many community college students aren't, then you could be facing even more serious consequences for drinking and driving.

While those who are of legal drinking age will still get slapped with a DUI, which is serious enough, those who are underage will receive further penalties for their actions.

For one thing, it doesn't matter if you've exceeded the legal BAC (blood alcohol concentration) when you're pulled over.

If you are deemed to have been drinking any amount of alcohol you have already broken the law.

And you will face the consequences.

First you will be arrested and your car will be impounded.

You will likely be charged with all manner of offenses, possibly including DUI or DWI, minor in possession of alcohol, soliciting alcohol from an adult, and perhaps even distributing alcohol to minors, if you have underage friends in the car who have been drinking (although this is more likely if you are of age and your friends are not).

You could be fined, your license could be revoked for anywhere from 3 months to 3 years, you may have to complete community service, probation, or even serve jail time, and you will certainly be required to complete driving school and/or alcohol and drug related courses.

In addition, your offenses will become part of your driving record, meaning they could affect the cost of insurance or even your ability to obtain it.

You can compare cheap insurance quotes online all you like, but once they get a look at your record they'll likely deny you coverage.

But the consequences of drinking and driving could be far worse than simple incarceration or fines.

Yes, It Gets Worse...

If you get into an accident instead of just getting pulled over you could end up injuring yourself and others.

You could die.

Or worse, you could kill your passengers or people in another vehicle, in which case you would likely spend the rest of your life in jail.

Is it really worth it?

You'll have plenty of time to puzzle over it in lockdown.

Now, you might think that this is all a scare tactic to stop you from driving while under the influence of alcohol, and that's where you're right.

But everything listed here could come to pass when you drink and drive.

You are a college student with a bright future ahead of you, perhaps a future Ivy League Transfer.

Don't throw it away for the convenience of driving yourself home after drinking.

If you get caught, or worse, have an accident, you'll surely come to the conclusion that it wasn't worth it.

This post was written by Chad Agrawal

Chad Agrawal is the founder of CCTS, helping students transfer from community college to Ivy League, tier 1 or anywhere else by following this community college guide.

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John Butter October 23, 2012 at 9:00 am

We are a group of volunteers and opening a new scheme in our community. Your web site provided us with valuable info to work on. You’ve done a formidable job and our entire community will be grateful to you.


Chad Agrawal October 24, 2012 at 12:09 am

Thanks for commenting John. I’m glad I can help!


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