Monday, December 29, 2014

Celebrating? Do NOT Drink and Drive!

Millions of individuals will be celebrating the New Year with cocktails and other alcoholic beverages on New Year's Eve. Many of the United States and other countries offer low cost or free designated driver programs. If a program is not available in your location, please seek assistance from a loved one who will be available if you decide to have a few celebratory drinks.
Thousands of fatal or serious accidents are caused by drunk drivers. Many victims are seriously injured or parish due to injuries sustained from the accident. These accidents are preventable. No one should lose a loved one or experience a life changing event due to an ignorant decision of the intoxicated driver.
If you cannot find a designated driver; the celebration should be conducted in a location that you plan to spend the night. Please don't put your life or other innocent lives at risk. DRUNK DRIVING IS NEVER OKAY. There is no excuse in getting behind the wheel while intoxicated.
On a more personal level, I know someone who drove while intoxicated. He killed three women over this choice. This man spent a few years in prison, currently on conditional house arrest, and has to live with what he has done for the rest of his life. I honestly don't know how this man didn't get as much time as he served. However, the courts say that he paid his dues. I couldn't imagine having to live the rest of my life knowing that I caused three innocent deaths due to an irrational decision to drink and drive.
This website provides information on drunk driving and statistics. The website also includes information on victim services.
Celebrate the New Year responsibly!



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