There is something about this town; it changes people. You straddle a line of being on top of the world, while being at your most vulnerable. The result is usually crazy actors driving while wasted – effectively their automobiles turn into 4-wheeled missiles seeking the unlucky.
This blows my mind, because these celebrities have the money and resources to enjoy taxi or limo service wherever they go. It begs the question of whether or not these celebrities are trying to get caught…
As for us common folk, Los Angeles doesn’t exactly make it easy to move about the city while under the influence. For instance, last night I made a pilgrimage from West Hollywood to the hot bar scene in Downtown Los Angeles, and knowing that I was in for night of ambitious drinking with beautiful women, I made the responsible choice of taking the subway, which cost me only $1.25. This was a great idea until I found out the subway stops running just after midnight, which makes no sense because the bars don’t do last call until 1:30am. So, at around 2am, you have the drunkest of the drunk stumbling out of bars to a public transportation system that has turned its back on the people it serves. Not only is this a concern to the drunk driver, but also to the thousands of billions of cars on Los Angeles freeways at any given second.
What did I do in my situation last night? I took a cab, which cost me a whopping $40, as opposed to the $1.25 on my arriving trip.
Another example of the concerning situation surrounding drunk driving in Los Angeles stems from the AMAZING American Wine and Food Festival, which was held last weekend at Universal Studios. This was the best food and wine event I’ve been to, and I definitely enjoyed some tasty drinks during the event. Being a responsible citizen, I took a taxi home and came back to get my car the next day. Now, given the “open bar” nature of the event and my eye witness accounts of a sea of wasted people, I assumed that many attendees would choose to take a taxi home, but when I returned to the Universal Studios parking lot that had been set aside for the event, the guard shack attendee told me with great concern that I was only the third person to come back for their car (this was now around 1pm the next day). Sure, some people probably taxied to and from the event, and others had designated drivers, but I am convinced that there were way to many people driving home intoxicated from this event.
It is the opinion of this writer (and most peoples’ common sense) that DUI’s are stupid, selfish, and mind-numbingly preventable.