How to drive safely in a car without being killed
A series of videos and photos by a young driver on a road trip in Mexico offer a rare glimpse into the life of an experienced driver.
The videos, which were shot in Mexico’s far west, show a young woman driving on a narrow, winding stretch of road and driving down a narrow road at speeds up to 30mph.
It is a journey that she says would not have been possible without her family and friends, including her cousin, who is also a driver.
Her cousin, identified only as “G,” is now 21 years old and lives in California.
He told Time he was on the road with his family when the video footage came on.
“I had no idea that my cousin was doing this,” he said.
“My cousin is the nicest person in the world.”
The road trip happened on February 18, 2014, at about 10pm local time (16:00 GMT), when G and her family were on a drive to Tamarack Golf Course in the city of Nuevo Laredo, near the Mexican border.
The group had been driving to the course for a couple of weeks and had gone to a couple friends’ houses, but when they arrived, they discovered they were late.
“We didn’t know the course was closed until we got to the parking lot,” G said.
They got out of the car and drove through the busy traffic for about 10 minutes before G realised something was wrong.
“At that moment I realized that the car was going faster than I thought it was going,” she said.
Her brother told her the car had lost control of its steering wheel and was going up a hill.
“He told me that he was going to take me to a taxi to take us home,” she continued. “
“When I reached home, I saw that the cab had stopped and that there were police officers waiting outside.” “
He told me that he was going to take me to a taxi to take us home,” she continued.
“When I reached home, I saw that the cab had stopped and that there were police officers waiting outside.”
G was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a suspended license and driving with the intent to elude a police officer.
The charge of reckless driving was dropped in March.
She said she was also given a warning for “driving with the purpose to evade police officers”.
“I thought that was ridiculous, that I was being held for a DUI,” she recalled.
She was also issued a fine and given a temporary suspension of driving privileges.
After the incident, she said, she was left feeling embarrassed about the whole situation.
“It was a big shame, especially when I am in my late 20s and had a good life before I went on the trip,” she added.
“What happened to me has made me very afraid.”
G’s brother, meanwhile, said the incident was not the first time his cousin had been caught driving with alcohol in her system.
“She has been drinking in the past,” he told Time.
After the video was posted on social media, it prompted several responses, many of them from other drivers. “
Now that I know that she was driving with that intent, I am very angry.”
After the video was posted on social media, it prompted several responses, many of them from other drivers.
“You were driving with your family on a dangerous road without a care in the universe, just to get the drunk driver treatment,” one driver wrote on Facebook.
“If the drunk drivers in Mexico are getting drunk with impunity, then there should be no consequences at all.”
“It’s a shame,” another said.
But G said she had never heard of someone being arrested for a drunk driving offence after driving with no insurance.
There are a lot of drunk drivers on the streets, it is just not true that they are getting the attention they deserve.”