Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving

This holiday season, surely the "adult beverages" will be a-flowin'. Should you choose to partake, it's important that you have a designated driver to get you home. In 2009 alone, there were 411 motor vehicle traffic fatalies on our nation's highways during the Thanksgiving holiday.

You don't want to be part of a statistic, do you? You don't want to be the one who chooses to get behind the wheel after one to many and causes a fatal traffic accident. Keep in mind, fatal doesn't necessairly mean that YOU die. In fact, in most drunk driving collisions, the drunk driver walks away unharmed. You could kill someone else, thier children, or even your kids if they are in your car. Could you live with that? I know I couldn't.

Still think that it couldn't happen to you? Check out this video.

This Thanksgiving, please think before you drink. And if you choose to drink, a designated driver is the safest way to get home. Here's a link to a list of designated drivers by state. Before you go out, store the number in your phone, so you have it at the ready. Don't bring excuses to the party.

But maybe you are throwing the party this year, and aren't leaving the house. I have something for you too. Just because you won't be out on the road intoxicated doesn't mean that shouldn't think of how your friends will be getting home. You are thankful for your friends, right? You can make sure all of your friends get home safely by providing their designated drivers with "drive-friendly" drinks.

Easy enough? Go sign the pledge, and let the world know that you won't be getting behind the wheel buzzed, or worse.

Have a SAFE and HAPPY Thanksgiving all!

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