Even a kid knows that it's dangerous to drink and drive, so why do a lot of people still do it (and try to avoid the cops in the process)? Driving under the influence (DUI, sometimes known as DWI or driving while intoxicated) is a serious offense, as in “$200 to $10,000 fine and 1 day to 3 years imprisonment.” Indeed, drunk driving is a serious offense in North Carolina. As it turns out, it's not that they willingly choose to drive while drunk, as most drunk drivers simply make bad decisions while they are under the influence.
Imagine, you're at a party with friends, drinks all around until sunrise. You realize that you'll be fine driving by yourself once the party's over, so you enjoy the free-flowing stream of beer and liquor with your peers. The more you consume, the blurrier your perception of reality becomes. In the end, you make the bad decision to drive home instead of calling a cab, due in no small part of the amount of alcohol in your system. That's basically how DUI or DWI starts.
This is why it's nice to have friends who can take you home. When you know that you'll be going to a party with beer, don't bother bringing your car. Stay away from trouble by enjoying the party without trying to go home by yourself drunk.