Ask Amy: Drunk friend insists she's OK to drive

  • Article by: AMY DICKINSON
  • Updated: March 18, 2013 - 4:55 PM

Dear Amy: I know that “friends don’t let friends drive drunk,” but the last few times I’ve been in a situation in which I’ve offered to drive or call a cab for friends who’d been drinking, they’ve insisted they were “OK to drive.”

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quizzyMar. 18, 13 3:56 PM

I'm not in law enforcement, but if you know someone is impaired, you try to take their keys and then you walk home, wouldn't there be an issue if they were in an accident regarding why you didn't call the police?

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MellersMar. 18, 13 6:21 PM

quizzy: Good question but I suspect not, unless you supplied that person with alcohol or were driving yourself. I think the legal burden one has to try to stop someone else from doing something risky has to have a line drawn somewhere.

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davethedogMar. 18, 1310:08 PM

re: drunk driving: You need to stop drinking with these friends. Find something to do with them that doesn't involve alcohol, or at least doesn't involve alcohol and driving. You are never going to be able to stop them from driving drunk if you aren't willing to destroy the friendship over it. And, think how terrible you would feel if after one of these "tipsy" outings, one of them actually does hurt or kill or someone because you didn't do enough to stop them. You've made your opinion clear to them and they don't care--so for your own piece of mind NEVER drink with them (when they are driving) again.

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