I’m convinced that I’m a better driver with a couple of glasses of wine under my belt than my wife is stone sober. If we’ve been out to dinner and I’ve quaffed one or two, maybe even enough to put me over the legal limit, but my wife has abstained so as to be the designated driver, shouldn’t I drive home anyway? I’d risk a ticket, but the highway would be safer for everyone. D.K., SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ.
I’m convinced that I’m a better driver blindfolded than my ex-wife folded — that can’t be right — or unblindfolded, but I’d hate to have to convince a traffic cop that this is so. Even if your delightfully flattering sense of your own abilities were accurate, that’s beside the point. You present what traffic court judges call a “false dilemma,” right before they suspend your license and hand out a fat fine. You have options other than choosing between a bad driver and a drunken driver. Even in Scottsdale there must be such a thing as a taxi or a sober friend. You don’t get to drive drunk because your wife isn’t much good behind the wheel.
If she is such a terrible driver, why are you concerned only when you’ve had a few glasses of wine? Why is she ever behind the wheel? Shouldn’t she head for the nearest driving school? You can even drive her there, if you stay off the sauce.
Let's hope he listens to "The Ethicist" otherwise I do know a few good DUI attorneys out in Arizona that I can suggest he retain after his DUI arrest.