Driving While Intoxicated: Present Day

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    • 00:04

      It's now two years, two and a half years after Iwent into the ROC program, and I'm still deeply affected by A,the-- I should say-- the crime that I committed,because it truly was a crime that I committed.And then, secondly, the help that I

    • 00:26

      was able to receive through the ROC program.And again, the ROC program is Restoringto-- Restoring Our Community.And it sounds pretty hokey, but the dealwas that I was really functioningoutside of the society's norms.And that's probably the most significant thingI had learn was that as an individual,

    • 00:49

      you have plenty of individual rightsand that we also live in a societywhere you can't just drink and driveand assume that you're going to get home fineand not hurt anybody.And that's some of the mistakes that I was making.Two and a half years later, every timeI go out to my vehicle, I still haveto blow into a Smart Start unit to start my vehicle.

    • 01:11

      If anyone gets in my vehicle, I haveto let them know what this is about.I talk about my involvement with the policeand the criminal justice system pretty regularly,because it changed my life, and morethat I can accept that, the better chanceI feel like I have to-- not sweeping it under the carpet,

    • 01:35

      and not pushing it deeper into myself,and saying that was bullshit, it didn't happen, and really,doing something positive about it.If you had asked me if I had the optionto redo the-- well, two things.One, would I ever drink and driveagain I think is one of those questions.And then two, would I choose to accept the ROC

    • 01:58

      program or the Restorative Justice, I think,is a larger question.So the answer to the first questionis no, I never want to drink and drive again.I really see it as something that is, that's really wrong.And that there's limits to what you can do in society.And drinking abusively and driving a vehicle

    • 02:22

      is not something that we can allow ourselves to doindividually or in society.There's a lot of harm that can happen.A lot of innocent people can get hurt.I would definitely choose to do the ROC program.I found that I really did find outwhat was bothering me deep down insideand what the cause of my anger and my frustration that led me

    • 02:47

      to some of those behaviors.And those behaviors manifest in a lot of ways.Drinking and driving was just one of them.It was just what I got caught doing.But through the ROC program, I wasable to find out why I was havingsuch a difficult time in life.And I would say that the answer about mebeing happy or happier now that I've gone through the program

    • 03:10

      is I can say that I'm happier, actually.It's still a very difficult time.And the reason why is because I havecrossed a line with the criminal justice systemthat I could never again-- there iszero tolerance for me to ever break the law when it comesto anything to do with alcohol.

    • 03:33

      So that means no mopeds, golf carts, bicycles.You could even be arrested for walkingand being too intoxicated.So I've taken myself and I've put myselfin a very precarious position.And I'm only 50 years old.And I still have quite a ways to go.And so I don't feel good about that.

    • 03:54

      And I don't feel happy about the factthat I have to live my life with a pretty dark shadow behind me.That's difficult for me.I have chosen to continue to use alcohol in my lifebecause I have this saying that I came to,which was an epiphany for me, which was that the law,and using alcohol, and drinking and driving,

    • 04:17

      does not discriminate between the alcoholic and the idiot.And in my case, I felt like I was the idiot and notthe alcoholic.And that doesn't change the fact that alcoholis a trigger for me and I need to be careful.

Driving While Intoxicated: Present Day

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Chris Farias discusses what his life is like since he was arrested for drinking and driving.

Driving While Intoxicated: Present Day

Chris Farias discusses what his life is like since he was arrested for drinking and driving.

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