The varied consequences of drunk driving in different countries
At best, drunk driving can result in damage to property like trees, telephone poles, fences, the occasional domicile, et cetera. At worst it costs innocent lives, bereaving their relatives, while frequently the inebriated perpetrator emerges unscathed. That’s when the law steps in.
In Australia, not only are you arrested, but local newspapers are also notified, and print the names of offenders under a heading reading He’s Drunk and in Jail. We don’t think this is meant to imply they serve cocktails in lockup Down Under.
In Malaysia, if incarcerated for drunk driving, a man’s wife is jailed along with him. In this situation we suspect it is in no way a conjugal arrangement.
In post-apartheid South Africa, motoring after martinis can land you in prison for 10 years along with a fine of $10,000. If that sort of sanction was enacted in the US, we could revive the construction industry having it build drinker’s prisons full time for years
Around the world, in the Asian nation of Turkey, drunk drivers are taken 20 miles outside of town and forced to walk back under police escort (who most likely are riding in a car). From what we know of dedicated drinkers, this might be an effective form of behavior modification – we don’t know many lushes that like hiking at all.