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By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Sobering stuff, but cautionary message could be stronger.

TV TLC Reality TV 2011
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The overall series sends the message that driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can lead to some serious consequences, like hefty fines, the suspension of one's driver's license, and jail time. It also shows how some people fail to understand the difference between "feeling" drunk and the legal definition of being intoxicated.

It's sobering stuff, but much of the focus is on the D.U.I. legal processing system rather than underscoring the real danger offenders put themselves and others by driving under the influence. Meanwhile, some folks appear more upset about the inconvenience and cost of getting caught, rather than taking responsibility for making the choices that got them arrested. Their demise might be voyeuristically entertaining, but the warning the overall show is sending just isn't strong enough.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: December 1, 2011
  • Network: TLC
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Last updated: February 25, 2022

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