Within the first 5 years of the “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk” campaign (begun in 1983), the U.S experienced its lowest number of alcohol-related fatalities since the DOT began keeping records, and more than 68% of Americans reported trying to prevent someone from driving after drinking.
In 1914 for the 4th running of the Indy 500, the rules were changed to no longer allow drivers to consume alcohol during the race after the winner in 1913 drank champagne during pit stops.
A drunk driver convicted of manslaughter was sentenced to wear his victim’s name and spend her birthday and holidays in prison.
Starting in 1988, the Harvard Medical School partnered with film and TV studios to insert the concept of the “Designated Driver” into popular consciousness. The project was a huge success.
In 2008, a woman’s 4 year old child was struck and killed by a drunk driver while they were crossing the street. Because she hadn’t been in a crosswalk, the police charged the woman for 2nd degree vehicular homicide, and jaywalking. The driver was later found by police and admitted to driving under the influence of alcohol and pain killers when the accident took place. Also, he was also blind in one eye. On top of it, he had a prior record of serious convictions; including two hit-and-runs in the past. He was set free after serving only six months of his five-year sentence.
As late as 1985 there were still 26 states with no drunk driving laws. You could map a 3,700 mile drive from Key West in Florida to the Idaho – Canada border. That would allow you to legally drink the whole drive.
An 18-year-old man tried to eat his underwear in the hope that the cotton fabric would absorb alcohol before he took a breathalyzer test.
Canada has a free service run by volunteers to drive you home if you’re too drunk to drive yourself during the holiday season.