I came close in my early 20s to a DUI, and another time before this worried friends because I misinterpreted them asking me to stay on a 4th of July celebration for them wanting me to go home, which was like a 45 min drive away. Nothing came from driving home from the celebration, but I was so stoned and drunk I don't remember any of the drive except stopping by McDonalds. The near-DUI on the other hand, scared me enough to change things.
Was at a bar partying with friends, I already know I have a decent alcohol tolerance, being a tall guy, but I didn't stop drinking at the right time (usually 2-3 hours in advance of leaving), and I was going to be the designated driver. Three friends, all female, were so wasted I had to smack one of them awake so she could help me put the other two, passed out, in the car to take them home. So I left, making sure to drive carefully expecting police to be around the bar, sure enough I made a California stop (i.e. rolling through a stop sign) on a right turn, a cop who was hidden down the street saw me, and pulled me over. He knew where I was coming from so asked if I had any drinks, performed a field sobriety test, looked like he wanted to arrest me, but then saw the passed out chicks in my car that I was taking home, and told me to take them home, sober up, and don't drive again after having some drinks. It was pretty obvious I was still drunk.
So not only did I get out of a DUI but out of a stop sign citation. That was the only lesson I needed to learn then, and had they not been in the car with me I'd surely have a DUI on my record, and been out of a job necessary to save up for the move back to Canada. Thankfully my record is still squeaky clean, in both countries.
Since then, I won't drive after having so many drinks.
Edited by zaibatsu, 13 February 2013 - 04:25 PM.