Your Hump-Day Recess: Note To Sleeping Drunk in Car Causes Controversy

It was a kind gesture. Or a foolish, dangerous act. It all depends on your point of view. A Massachusetts man going by the social media name Krazy_Legs spotted a sleeping drunk in a car – which was running. It’s reasonable to assume that the driver might have awakened, still intoxicated, and driven away. What could Krazy_Legs have done?

  1. Continued on his way.
  2. Called the police.
  3. Taken the keys and left a note with his phone number.
  4. Leave this note:
Passed Out at the Wheel is a Physical Control DUI violation
Photo credit: Imgur/@Krazy_Legs

Obviously, number 4 was what he did. And then he posted photos on Reddit, which provoked a lot of flaming:

His intent was to try to get his drunk wits about him so much that he could manage to drive home. He probably won’t learn from this and might end up killing someone next time.

I have no sympathy for someone who would get behind the wheel and start the car in such an intoxicated state. Drinking and driving is never cool, but if you’re so hammered that you’re on the verge of passing out, then you are 100% endangering yourself and every innocent person you drive past.

You should’ve called the cops and had him arrested for DUI, instead you give him another chance to do it again in the future.

Krazy_Legs’s action was ill-considered, for two reasons. One is that, even if the engine were off and the keys out of the ignition, the driver is still breaking Massachusetts law, which forbids one from being “in physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.” A police officer on the scene probably would have arrested the driver.

The other reason is that, even if no policeman came by, if our reveler woke up, found the keys and drove away while still drunk, someone might have been injured or killed.

So it’s safe to say Krazy_Legs did the wrong thing. Options 2 or 3 would have made more sense. Why did he choose Number 4?

Other photographic evidence shows that The Drunk Knight lived up to his name that evening. So like the sleeping driver, he wasn’t making good decisions that night. Had he thought it through, he’d have realized that the driver could have awakened and driven while still very drunk.

The conclusion: if you drink, don’t drive. Don’t even get in your car to sleep it off, unless you give someone else your keys first.

And if you see someone attempt to drive drunk, do your best to get their keys, and keep them long enough so that they’re sober enough to thank you for saving their lives.

In short – be a superhero. But do it right.

Your Hump Day Recess: Every Wednesday LifeSafer brings you something a little different, related to the worlds of road safety, to ease your progress over Hump Day and through the week.
Previous Hump Days: a German Ignition Interlock spoof from 1960, our Top 10 Worst Crash Tests, a different kind of Anti-DUI message, Budweiser’s dogged anti-DUI campaign, How Not to Dodge a Parking Ticket, the world’s worst traffic jams, a dramatic buzzed driving PSA , an offbeat ad from New Zealand, the world’s worst car modification, Vince and Larry, our favorite crash test dummies, a karaoke microphone breathalyzer, extraterrestrial advice on drunk driving, some excellent Soviet anti-drunk-driving posters. a lesson on how buzzed driving can ruin your love life, and Woman Calls 911, Reports Herself for DUI.