Ferris Bueller’s DUI Off, or: Don’t Run $385K Ferraris on Alcohol

Ferrari DUI
Source: Austin Fire Dept. Facebook

Some of you have long suspected that owning an expensive car is not a guarantee of good judgment. Yes, that seems counter-intuitive – purchasing a flashy car that costs as much as a three-bedroom house, which gets 11 miles per gallon, and which has a top speed of more than 190 miles per hour tends to engender feelings of admiration and respect in most people. Yet occasionally someone proves less than worthy of the distinction.

Such was the case in Austin recently, when 28-year-old James Allen missed a turn at 100 miles per hour and flew into the woods off Red Bud Trail. Neither Allen nor his two passengers were seriously hurt, but the Ferrari now looks to be a pile of expensive Italian recycling.  Allen was arrested for driving under the influence.

Is a Ferrari DUI worse than, say, a Prius owner driving while intoxicated? Not in principle. But the car in question was going 100 miles an hour.  What if, instead of flying into the woods, it had hit another car head-on? Two-car collisions at that speed almost guarantee fatalities.

The cost and uniqueness of the car makes the crash a high profile one, but it doesn’t change the bare facts. The decision to drink and drive is one that can easily lead to death. In fact, it does just that, about ten thousand times a year in the US alone.

For what it’s worth, Texas has a pretty comprehensive ignition interlock law, requiring all DUI offenders to install the devices, which prevent a vehicle from starting when the driver has been drinking.

And yes, they can – and should – install them on Ferraris.