Sun Editorial: Plan to drink this New Year’s Eve? Don’t even try to drive home

Have fun. Tie one on. Dance like nobody’s watching. Whatever. Just don’t get behind the wheel of a car when the party is over.

New Year’s Eve is upon us. So there will be parties. And at those parties, some people will enjoy an adult beverage or two. Or six.

That’s fine, so long as you’re 21 or older. Have fun. Tie one on. Dance like nobody’s watching. Whatever.

Just don’t get behind the wheel of a car when the party is over.

If all people were rational, there would be zero drunk driving incidents.

They would understand spending $8 on an Uber is far wiser than risking thousands of dollars in fines, higher insurance costs, etc., if the police catch them.

They would realize wrapping the car around a tree and losing driving privileges are real possibilities, and riding a bike or horse to work in January is not fun.

They would worry about losing their job all together — or finding another job — with a DUI on their criminal record.

They would remember lawyers charge a lot of money, and that life is always better when you aren’t paying a lawyer.

They would recognize jail is not a happy place.

They would have respect for life — their own life and the lives of other people on the roadways. They would not want to carry the guilt that comes with killing or maiming someone while driving drunk.

But not all people are rational.

Drunk driving is not a “mistake.” A mistake is missing your Turnpike exit. Drunk driving is 100 percent preventable. It is a decision someone makes knowing all of the potential consequences — and all of the other, safe options. There are no excuses.

This New Year’s Eve, we really hope you choose to not drink and drive. And, if you do choose to drink and drive, we really hope the cops catch you before you hurt somebody.