Drunk driving is a huge problem, plain and simple. Going out with friends and indulging in a few alcoholic drinks can be fun, but when it’s time to go back home, getting behind the wheel of a vehicle is never the right choice.

Tom Mabe’s friend Ray had a problem when it came to driving under the influence; he did it way too frequently and had five DUI’s to his name. So one night after Ray passed out in his truck, Tom devised a plan to save his buddy once and for all.

 Getting behind the wheel of a car, even after only a little bit of alcohol, can be a horrible decision. The best possible outcome is having your license revoked or doing some jail time…

As we all know, alcohol lowers the response time of your reflexes. That means while traveling in a vehicle at high speeds, you have almost no time to react! Ending up in a ditch or the hospital is no way to finish off a night. 

Even if you don’t end up hurting yourself or someone else, getting pulled over by the police can result in some pretty life-changing consequences. That’s why one man had a very unique way of dealing with his friend’s frequent habit of drinking and driving…

Tom’s friend Ray not only drank a lot, but he would frequently get behind the wheel of a car after indulging too much. So, Tom devised a very intricate plan to teach him an important lesson.

Tom and Ray went to their favorite pub on a Friday night, and as usual, the drinks were flowing. However, at one point in the night, Ray disappeared, so Tom went to check his truck.

There, completely passed out in the driver’s seat, was Ray. Tom tried to wake his friend up, but he drank so much he was completely unresponsive. Tom knew now was the time to teach Ray a lesson he’d never forget…

Tom called a few of his friends who knew about the plan and told them it was time to get to work. His friends got together and started lugging a bunch of equipment into a room Tom rented out. What exactly were they doing?

They were building a fake hospital room! After the room was complete, Tom and the rest of the guys placed their passed out friend in the bed after dressing him in a gown. How would Ray react when he opened his eyes?

Tom and his crew knew it would be a few hours before Ray woke up; he drank a lot of alcohol that night. But, they would wait for as long as it took to make sure their plan unfolded…

Finally, when Ray began to stir, a woman pretending to be a nurse walked in and “checked his vitals.” Ray had no idea this was all staged. The look on his face was serious, and he clearly appeared concerned.

After the actress playing the nurse left, Tom, who was dressed as a doctor, entered the room slowly. Ray didn’t know it was his friend, and Tom proceeded to give Ray some news that rattled his entire world.

Tom, the “doctor,” told Ray he just woke up from a 10-year coma! He said Ray had driven home inebriated 10 years earlier, crashed his car, and had fallen into a coma. Ray looked dumbfounded, but then…

Tom pulled off his mask and began hitting Ray! He wanted to get the message through to his friend that even though this was a prank, it could have happened. Unfortunately, not all stories of drunk driving end in an elaborate prank.

An avid cyclist, 55-year-old Nancy Pease of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, always made it a point to stay active. She had no idea that one simple ride would change everything…

Nancy was taking part in the annual New York City Century Bike Tour with some friends when suddenly tragedy struck. It was an unforeseen accident that happened much too quickly.

While stopped at a red light, Nancy — along with several other bikers — were in the pathway of a speeding Dodge Caravan. Tragically, the vehicle was moving too fast for Nancy to react quickly enough…

The caravan struck Nancy head-on. She was unconscious when emergency workers arrived and was then rushed to the hospital. Once there, she fell into a coma due to the severity of her injuries. Who was the man who caused such a horrific event?

The man behind the wheel, Antonio Pina, was an unlicensed driver who had been drinking until the early hours of the morning. When police gave him a breathalyzer test, he was over three times the legal limit. 

Pina was immediately arrested and charged with driving without a license, driving while intoxicated, and vehicular assault. He had no one to teach him a lesson, and a life was taken because of it.

Sadly, despite the constant societal warnings against it, driving drunk is still one of the most common—and deadly—mistakes that people make. Besides the threat of legal consequences, common sense should dictate that it’s a terrible idea.

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After all, we all know the ultimate consequences of drunk driving. Not only are we risking our own safety, but we’re putting others in danger, too. We potentially ruin their lives and the lives of their families.

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Of course, drinking also impairs our ability to make good decisions. But what if, after swilling a few too many at the bar, we were given one more chance at listening to our conscience before making the fateful decision to drive home?

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This might sound impossible, but that’s essentially what happened at one nightclub—and it was thanks to an inmate named Kris Caudilla who had the opportunity to teach a few men a lesson they’d never forget…

Kris was a prime example of somebody whose entire life was ruined because of one ill-advised decision during a night of partying. On January 14, 2010, in Jacksonville, Florida, the 26-year-old Kris started driving—despite having a blood alcohol level of 0.158.

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Things took a turn for the worst when Kris found himself on the wrong side of the highway, eventually slamming right into the car of a St. Johns County, Florida sheriff’s deputy. That deputy was 44-year-old James Anderson Jr., and the impact killed him instantly.

Kris was sentenced to 15 years in prison for DUI manslaughter. Six years later, at the age of 32, he was given the opportunity to try to right his wrong. While he couldn’t bring back James Anderson Jr., he could try to help others before it was too late for them. But how?

See, Kris was haunted by his reckless decision as he served his prison sentence. Then, one day in 2016, he was escorted out of his cell to take part in a special project that would hopefully save countless lives…

We Save Lives, a charitable organization that works to stop preventable driving deaths, wanted to make more of an impact; they needed to be able to reach out to people who were moments away from making the wrong decision. So they came up with an ingenious plan involving hidden cameras, audio equipment—and Kris.

Kris’s assignment started in an unlikely place: the men’s restroom of a crowded nightclub. Anyone who’s ever gone out on a Saturday night can tell you the bathroom is more than just a place to relieve yourself; it’s a social hub that offers a respite from the thumping music and crowded atmosphere.

After all, when you’re in a loud, bustling place with people constantly yelling and bumping into you, the restroom can be the only area where you’re able to catch your breath and have a brief moment of peace and quiet.

The bathroom is also where most revelers go for a pit stop right before they leave the bar or nightclub. It’s certainly the last place you’d expect to be confronted by someone, but that’s just what happened to several club-goers in the men’s room during the night of Kris’s assignment.

That night, it was Kris’s job to make sure that partiers had a very different experience in the bathroom than what they would ever expect… and indeed, he just might have saved a few lives in the process. Amazingly, he didn’t even need to leave prison to do it.

The mirrors of the men’s room had been wired with a special camera and speaker, and Kris’s task was soon revealed as an unsuspecting man stepped in front of the sink to wash his hands. That’s when the man heard a voice…

In fact, each man who approached the sink were met with the same thing. The reflection on the mirror disappeared, and the men were greeted by none other than Kris himself!

As you can imagine, this was quite a surprise for each of the unsuspecting men who saw Kris in what initially seemed like a regular bathroom mirror. The fact that they were likely already intoxicated couldn’t have helped them from being shocked…

Kris didn’t intend to scare any of these men. He was quite friendly and he wanted them to feel comfortable. “How’s it going?” he asked one man. “You having a good time?” he asked another.

Once the men realized that they were seeing and speaking with a real-life person, Kris revealed his mission. He started by telling them that he was speaking to each of them from prison. “Is this a joke?” one confused patron asked. Yet it certainly wasn’t, as weird as the stunt was!

What Kris had to say to these men was deeply important, and hopefully, it was a conversation that none of them would ever forget. At the very least, if this experiment had any hand in saving even one life, it was all worth it. Watch the men’s stunned reactions to Kris below…