Only Two Beers? My Bag of Corn Chips Say You’re Lying!

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Drunk Driving and the Super Bowl

It’s almost here … Super Bowl LI. Patriots and the Falcons. Tom Brady and crew vs. Matt Ryan and company.

And lots of food and lots of ALCOHOL.




And …

Drunk drivers.

I know I shouldn’t have to say this, but please don’t drive drunk. Designate someone sober to drive. By the way, a designated driver should not ever be the guy who consumed the least number of vodka shots. A designated does NOT drink alcoholic beverages. Not even one.

Unfortunately, drunks still get behind the wheel and drunk drivers are still killing people.

GREG LYNCH/JOURNALNEWS A Hamilton Police officer Carl Phillips consols a woman arriving to the scene of a fatal accident on Neilan Blvd. early Monday.

Officer Carl Phillips consoles a woman arriving to the scene of a fatal accident.

Frito-Lay to the rescue!

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Frito-Lay devised a unique means to help keep drunk drivers off the road this Super Bowl Sunday …

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… a combination Tostitos/Breathalyzer bag that helps users know if they’ve consumed alcohol and, if so, they should find a designated driver to take them to their desired destinations (hopefully, home to a warm bed).

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The concept is simple. Consumers blow into the bag (empty) and, if the logo turns from green to red (above), they should find a ride home. And, as a bonus, Frito-Lay is also offering a $10 Uber credit with the purchase of the “breathalyzer chips” to help offset the cost of the safe ride home.

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Consumers blow into an empty Tostitos bag

Now, for reality. If you’ve reached the point where you find yourself blowing deeply into a bag of chips to determine whether or not you’ve consumed alcohol … well, you’re probably at the point where you have absolutely no business driving a car.

This is simple. Really, it is.

If you drink ANY amount of alcohol, DO NOT drive. Period.

I’ve responded to far too many crash scenes in my day, where human bodies were ripped, mangled, and torn apart, burned beyond recognition, decapitated, eviscerated, and/or crushed. And those were the dead bodies of small children.  Of course, death is not shy. Adults are equally mangled in violent car crashes. So please, I urge you to please think about this before drinking and driving. Please. PLEASE.

Believe me, there’s nothing worse than having to inform someone that their spouse and child were killed.

This is a bit selfish, I suppose, but it’s my wish that no officer ever need to witness another crash scene. It’s horrible to process and to have stored in your memory. And it would break my heart to hear that one of you … well, you know.

So the next time your pull into a DUI checkpoint, you’ll have no worries, right?


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By the way, good intentions, Frito-Lay, but consumers, please do NOT rely on a bag of chips to save your life or the life of another. Just do the right thing and don’t drive drunk!!


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