Advocacy groups have tried a plethora of methods to raise awareness of the problem of driving while under the influence of alcohol. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 10,000 people died in drunk-driving accidents throughout 2012. That is one person every 51 minutes.
But apparently the risk of killing yourself or someone else, not to mention criminal prosecution and legal fees, just isn't enough to deter some people from consuming alcohol and sitting behind the wheel. Comedian Tom Mabe is now using a different approach to stop DUIs, and it involves a little tough love for one of his friends.
The notorious YouTube prankster teamed up with Jim Clark to play an elaborate joke on a man who has been charged with five DUIs. After the mark, identified only as Dennis, allegedly became intoxicated and passed out in his truck, Mabe and Clark transported the man to an office that was set up to look like a hospital room. When Dennis woke up, a doctor played by Clark informed him that he had been in a coma for 10 years. Then Mabe came in, dressed as a doctor and disguised by a surgical face mask, to check on his friend. After asking Dennis if he could feel his feet and legs, Mabe began slapping him in the face!
"Five DUIs! Five (expletive) DUIs!" Mabe shouts at him, ripping off his surgical mask to reveal his identity. When Dennis laughs, Mabe yells, "It's not funny. You could've lost a daughter. Ten years wasted away here."
Mabe is known for his comedy, but he strikes a serious tone as he attempts to explain to Dennis that he needs to curb his alcohol consumption. As Dennis keeps laughing, the comedian simply walks away in disgust. If five DUIs and an elaborate intervention by his friends can't get the message through, what will?