I'll reiterate, I'm not defending drunk driving. It's not something I do, and I think it is the wrong thing to do.
However, I have known people who have done it. In some cases they were idiots who did it routinely - in which case I don't have much sympathy.
I have one friend who was booked the morning after a night out, and thought she would be okay to drive. I do have sympathy there.
I have another friend who drove drunk after an argument with a boyfriend. She was very drunk and highly emotional, and not thinking straight at all. She wasn't caught, there were no accidents, but she felt terrible about the fact that she had done it and the 'what ifs'. I do have sympathy there too.
I worked with someone who, many years ago, threw one punch that killed someone. We all know that can happen. He was drunk, emotional, and the guy he killed had been targeting him for weeks - and in this instance he snapped, with devastating consequences. I have sympathy there.
Having sympathy does not mean I think they did the right thing, nor that I don't have sympathy for the victims/ those hurt by someone's actions.
But I believe that to be human is to be imperfect. I believe in forgiveness. And I believe that someone can sometimes just massively stuff up and for it to have life-wrecking consequences for everyone involved. There are no winners in those cases, and I feel sorry for them all.
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12-03-2012 17:45 #61Senior Member
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12-03-2012 18:02 #62
It is well known that men aged 18-25 make up a third of the road toll and reasons for this are that they have a limited ability to assess risk and for this reason make decisions which can have a terrible impact.
You only need to look at the TAC website or google young men road toll and there is a wealth of information on the topic.
So yeah i would feel sorry for a young 18 year old or someone whose ability to judge risk is diminished not only due to alcohol consumption but also their cognitive functioning due to their gender and young age, who ruins someone else's but also their own life too. People make terrible mistakes and sometimes I feel sorry for that person.
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12-03-2012 18:25 #64
Well my husband's friend is not a spring chicken, he is almost 40!
12-03-2012 18:34 #65
12-03-2012 18:43 #66
nope, no sympathy at all.
i drink, my hubby drinks (probably a lot more than most) and we have never lost our licence because if we are planning to drink, we don't drive or drink within the acceptable limits (1 drink per hour).
it's that simple....
yes, everyone makes mistakes. that's why when someone loses their licence for the FIRST time i would think 'oh, you poor stupid bugger'.
second time - 'you stupid idiot who is selfishly putting lives at risk'
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