Way to Go! Bribe Your DUI Arresting Officer … With Beer
Judgment. It’s an important part of life, and not incidentally, an important part of driving. Recently a drunk driver in Smyrna, Georgia showed why alcohol and judgment are related inversely: the more alcohol one drinks, the worse one’s judgment is likely to be.
Lazar Hernandez, 24, was passing a police officer while driving his truck. The officer smelled alcohol, noticed an open bottle of Corona on his floorboard, and pulled him over.
Hernandez thought he could bargain his way out of the situation by offering the policeman some perks.
- First offer: $200. Declined.
- Second offer: $400. Declined
- Third offer: $400 and he’d throw in a beer. Declined.
You have to be pretty drunk to think you can bribe your way out of a DUI charge. But to think that adding a Corona would sweeten the pot enough for a cop to take the deal?
Alcohol and Judgment
Just like life, driving is an activity that requires constant decisions. Should I stop or go? Brake or not? Should I yield even though I have the right of way? Is there enough space to change lanes?
While those decisions are everyday occurrences for drivers, they are also life-or-death choices.
Alcohol and drugs compromises one’s judgment, making bad decisions much more likely – usually inevitable. And depending on how others react, some of those bad decisions will end in disaster.
Life requires good judgment too. Part of that is realizing that, if you’re arrested for a crime, your best course of action is not to offer money or beer to the arresting officer.
Another part – the part that should have come into play first – is showing good judgment when asking the question, “Am I in good enough condition to drive?” Sadly, the same stuff that makes you unsafe to drive – alcohol or drugs – makes it more likely that you’ll give the question a wrong answer and drive when you shouldn’t.
The best course of action is to have a plan before you go drinking, one that includes a designated driver or other ride home. Showing that good judgment at the outset means you won’t be waiting for another kind of judgment in the courtroom.