A soft-spoken but frustrated gentleman called the News-Bulletin earlier this week to ask if we had any ideas about how he could have found help in a situation he’d found himself in the evening before.

He’d been at a local drinking establishment when another customer confided he felt he’d had too much to drink and that he would appreciate someone driving him home. Now, this good samaritan said he called here and there, including the local police department, which told him it could only place the drinker in detox.

Eventually, this good citizen decided to drive this stranger home himself. First, he had to find someone who’d follow them so he wouldn’t be stranded without his own car.

Isn’t there something someone could do? the man asked. He understood that local police are needed on the streets and that their numbers aren’t so great that they can offer a taxi service instead of answering calls.

It got us to thinking. Isn’t there something someone could do to prevent folks from drunken driving that could result in a fatal accident?

While there are innumerable insurance questions that would be up in the air, wouldn’t it be possible for some group to find a way to help? Could we set up a fund to pay for taxi rides home? Could there be a volunteer network from churches or civic groups that could help?

After all, we could be saving our own lives.

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