YOU can help save the lives of 250 people…every year

Donna Jean Kennie (Mamma K)
April 5, 1949 – August 1, 2009
Killed by an impaired driver.

If you think impaired driving isn’t your problem or doesn’t concern you, think again. If it could happen to me, it could happen to you. Maybe the next death or injuries sustained will be someone you love…or YOU! Read on and take action to make a change!

Impaired driving is the leading criminal cause of death in Canada. You’ve heard the numbers. On average, every single day 4 Canadians die on our roads and 174 are injured in impairment-related crashes. That’s almost 1500 deaths and over 63,000 injured every year.

Look around you. Chances are someone you know has been affected by impaired driving. Maybe you’ve lost a loved one or been injured yourself or maybe you know someone who’s lost a loved one or been injured. If you don’t…sadly, if nothing changes, one day you will.

But there is hope.

One Canadian life could be saved each and every single day (that’s 250 lives and over 12,000 injuries saved each year) if the Canadian government implemented Random Breath Testing (Source: MADD Canada). Nearly two years ago, I wrote a blog post about the need to bring random breath testing (RBT) to Canada and I am sad to report that this life saving measure is still. not. in. place.

Why does Canada need RBT?

If you think that Canadian police already have the power to just “demand” you submit to a breathalyzer, you couldn’t be further from the truth! As the law stands now, police can only demand a roadside breath sample if they have reasonable grounds (smell alcohol, bloodshot eyes, slurred speech etc) to suspect the driver has been drinking. This makes investigation and prosecution more complicated than you can imagine. As a result, millions of Canadians continue to drink and drive, in part, because the likelihood of ever being stopped or charged is low.

In fact, MADD Canada data indicates a person would have to drive impaired, on average, once a week, every week, for more than 3 years before being charged with impaired driving offence, and for more than 6 years before being convicted.

How sick is that?!

Random breath testing would authorize the police to demand breath samples from all drivers pulled over at checkpoints, greatly increasing the number of drivers screened and thus increasing the deterrent impact of our impaired driving laws. Source: MADD Canada.

International success speaks for itself!

RBT has an impressive record around the world (source: MADD Canada):

  • In Queensland, Australia, random breath testing was estimated to have reduced total fatal crashes by 35% between 1988 and 1992, preventing an estimated 789 fatal crashes.
  • New South Wales’ random breath testing program was estimated to have prevented 522 serious crashes, 204 fatal crashes and 686 single-vehicle night-time crashes in its first year.
  • In Ireland, the introduction of random breath testing in 2006 reduced total annual road fatalities by 19% from the previous year.

MADD Canada has the research to back RBT up

MADD has researched RBT to prove that the majority of Canadians support it and that IT IS constitutionally sound. As well, they did an analysis of the impact of implementing RBT on the criminal justice system’s resources and were able to prove that RBT will not only save hundreds of lives and prevent tens of thousands of injuries, it will also reduce the social costs of impaired driving by billions of dollars annually. Visit the MADD Canada RBT page (about half way down) to peruse and read all the extensive research that backs RBT up.

Join MADD Canada in the fight to save lives

MADD Canada’s CEO and national staff along with hundreds of volunteers have been working tirelessly advocating for RBT. They’ve marched. They’ve met. They’ve written.

And so far…nothing!

But…MADD Canada, its staff and volunteers are tenacious people. You’ve never seen a group of more committed and determined folks. They are seriously intense and impassioned to see RBT implemented in Canada; no matter how long or what it takes. The government can run and it can try to hide but these peeps won’t stop until their mission is met!

Canadian government, if you are reading…resistance is futile my friend. Make it happen already.

This October, MADD Canada will be hard at it again; meeting with key ministerial officials advocating once again for changes criminal code to implement RBT. And they need OUR help to make this happen. We have to have their backs, people!

What can you do? Plenty!

Write. Email. Tweet. Facebook.

I’ll include some samples you can use below.

Write: your Member of Parliament (you can find a list here) now….and periodically…and let him or her know your wishes to see RBT in Canada. Encourage him or her to raise the issue with colleagues in Parliament and to ask Justice Minister Rob Nicholson to introduce random breath testing legislation. Ask that he/she address this now…not in a year or two when 1500 to 3000 more lives are lost. You can write your own letter or adapt this MP Template Letter (Word document). Mail may be sent postage-free to any Member of Parliament.

Email: your thoughts or even attach your own letter or adapt this MP Template Letter (Word document) to your MP. Email forward this post to all your Canadian friends and family and ask them to join you in supporting RBT by reaching out to their MP!

Tweet: your MP often that this is something you want to see he/she support. Let your followers know that this is something you are doing and ask them to join you in the call to action!

Facebook: “friend” your MP and post on his/her wall that you’d like he/she to support RBT. Make your wishes known. Let your friends know that this is something you are doing and ask them to join you in the call to action.

Sample email, letter, tweets and Facebook posts you can use

Sample Email (attach your letter):

Hello Honourable NAME,

As a citizen in your riding, I have attached a letter asking you to make your colleagues in Parliament aware of random breath testing, an important anti-impaired driving measure. I would like you to ask the Justice Committee and the Government of Canada to implement random breath testing in Canada.

I ask you – what would do if it was your daughter, mother, mother-in-law that was killed by a drunk driver – a 100% PREVENTABLE death?

Thank you in advance for your support!

YOUR NAME

Sample Letter

First and last name, Member of Parliament
House of Commons
Parliament Building
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada
K1A 0A6

DATE

Dear Sir or Madam:

I am writing to you today to bring the very serious matter of impaired driving to your attention.

Every year, hundreds of Canadians are killed and tens of thousands are injured in impaired driving crashes on our roads and highways. Even with provincial and territorial administrative laws, enforcement programs, and awareness and education campaigns, impaired driving is still causing carnage on our roads. Something more needs to be done.

MADD Canada is calling on the Government of Canada to introduce random breath testing, a roadside screening test to detect impaired driving. This measure has been introduced in many other countries, with significant results. Random breath testing deters people from getting behind the wheel because the chances of them being caught are much higher. It has significantly reduced impairment-related crashes, deaths and injuries in those countries where it has been introduced.

We need this anti-impaired driving measure in Canada. The laws we have now do not adequately deter impaired drivers.  Far too many people continue to put their lives and the lives of others at risk by driving impaired.

Random breath testing will save lives, prevent injuries and make our roads safer.

As a citizen in your riding, I am asking you to make your colleagues in Parliament aware of this important anti-impaired driving measure and to ask the Justice Committee and the Government to implement random breath testing in Canada.

Thank you for your time and for your attention to this important matter.

Sincerely,

Name
Address

Sample Tweets

@TwitterHandleofMP as a citizen in your riding, know that I support Random Breath Testing in Canada http://goo.gl/ApTs2

@TwitterHandleofMP We need random breath testing in Canada http://goo.gl/ApTs2

@TwitterHandleofMP Random breath testing will save lives, prevent injuries and make our roads safer. Pls support! http://goo.gl/ApTs2

@TwitterHandleofMP Please make your colleagues in Parliament aware of RBT & ask the Government to implement in Canada  http://goo.gl/ApTs2

I support MADD Canada’s call to action for Random Breath Testing – join me! Write your MP today! http://wp.me/p11YyX-1m6 Help save a life!

Sample posts for your MPs Facebook page

Random breath testing will save lives, prevent injuries and make our roads safer. As a citizen in your riding, I am asking you to support this critical anti-impaired driving measure in Canada.

As a citizen in your riding, I am asking you to make your colleagues in Parliament aware of this important anti-impaired driving measure and to ask the Justice Committee and the Government to implement random breath testing in Canada.

Sample posts for your Facebook wall

I support MADD Canada’s call to action for Random Breath Testing – join me! Write your MP today! Help save a life! http://wp.me/p11YyX-1m6

I wrote my MP today asking for his support of MADD Canada’s random breath testing, an anti-impaired driving measure that would save hundreds of lives, save tens of thousands of injuries and save the government billions of dollars. Join me and let your MP know you want to see RBT in Canada. http://wp.me/p11YyX-1m6

Together…we can make a difference!

For my US friends and family, you can visit the MADD US website to see what public policies they are advocating for and how you can support them in your cause.

Will you write, email, Tweet, and/or Facebook your MP? Will you use your superhero social media powers to make your wishes known and garner support from your fellow Canadians for this crucial anti-impairment measure? What do you think about random breath testing? I’d love to hear your thoughts…

On August 1, 2009, my beautiful mother-in-law’s life was cut tragically short by an impaired driver and my stepson’s life changed forever. In honor of Donna and Jordan Kennie, please don’t drink and drive. Impaired driving is 100% preventable. Think about it.

Support MADD Canada and follow them on Facebook, Twitter (@maddcanada), YouTube, and on the Web. Text MADD to 45678 to donate $5.

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FAB impaired driving website with tons of resources

This week I continue with a love fest. Today, I am hoping y’all will join me in showing the Change the Conversation peeps some mad love!

Change the Conversation is a national education program on impaired driving in Canada created by a partnership between the Traffic Injury Research Foundationarrive alive DRIVE SOBER and the Student Life Education Company. Their goal is to share the facts about impaired driving with the public.

The website is an outstanding information resource for communities, educators and parents to use to increase awareness about impaired driving and what can be done about it.

In their Materials Section, people can download, for free, website banners (I’ll be getting mine shortly), Public Service Announcements (you can email them for the MP3 files – I did and am just waiting to receive), posters, and flash cards. Not to mention, they have an educator and parent portal for even more targeted information. How uberlicious is THAT!?!

It can be tough to sort through the prolific amount of information and research on impaired driving. In their Drinking and Driving Facts section, the organization synthesized a mass amount of information into an easy-to-read, pertinent Q&As. They touch on topics such as:

  • magnitude and characteristics of the impaired driving problem;
  • understanding the impaired driving system;
  • drinking and its effects;
  • offender programs and penalties;
  • effective strategies; and,
  • myths and misconceptions about impaired driving.

Here’s a YouTube version of one of their fab PSAs

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Be sure to show Change the Conversation your love. Like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, visit their YouTube Channel, and check out their website!

And…don’t forget to have a wee bit of FUN and visit Jenny’s Blog today where she’s hosting the ULTIMATE Missed Connection poll where you will pick your all-time fav. Why should you participate???? Well…because on Monday I am going to write a dating advice column to YOUR winning pick! I may even get hubby to give his perspective for a little His and Hers take on things. Squeeee!!! So get over there and exercise your right to VOTE!

Have you heard of the Change the Conversation website before? Do you think we need more sites like this that provide easy-access and downloadable information to increase awareness about impaired driving? Know of any other fabulous companies, websites, or organizations that rock your world – for impaired driving or other causes?

On August 1, 2009, my beautiful mother-in-law’s life was cut tragically short by an impaired driver and my stepson’s life changed forever. In honor of Donna and Jordan Kennie, please don’t drink and drive. Impaired driving is 100% preventable. Think about it.

Support MADD Canada and follow them on Facebook, Twitter (@maddcanada), YouTube, and on the Web.

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KIA Canada driving the message to drive sober

I love KIA Canada.

They are participating in Targa Newfoundland, a 2200 kilometer road course competition for die-hard motorsport enthusiasts happening this week and weekend (September 8-15, 2012). It’s the first and only event of its kind to be held in North America.

What is so cool and special about KIA Canada participating in Targa Newfoundland; other than a kick-ass road race?

I am so glad you ask!

To support MADD Canada’s goal to raise awareness of the dangers of impaired driving, earlier this year KIA Canada launched a Facebook app called ‘Sign the Car’. It enabled hundreds of Canadian from coast to coast to take the pledge to drive sober. And in honor of their commitment, each pledge’s signature was digitally imprinted on the “I Pledge” Kia Forte Koup, which will be raced in the Targa Newfoundland and will be featured in Canadian auto shows this winter.

And you know that both hubby and I took the pledge, as did many of our friends and family, so that means our names are somewhere on that car! How cool is that?!

The “I Pledge” Kia Forte Koup will be driven by a team of two; professional driver and Autonet.ca journalist, Jacques Deshaies, will be the driver while his Autonet.ca colleague, Marc Bouchard, will be his co-driver. The two have been deemed Kia’s ‘Designated Drivers’ team (LOVE THAT) and will promote the importance of MADD Canada’s mission – to stop impaired driving while driving in Targa Newfoundland.

Score!

Not to mention, KIA Canada is the presenting sponsor of MADD Canada’s school assembly program implemented to reduce impaired driving among youth, which was officially launched in Ontario this week. The program will educate more than 1 million students about the dangers of impaired driving over the coming school year.

As part of this sponsorship, did you know that Kia Canada Inc. also donates the use of 10 vehicles to MADD Canada. Yip. I mean…does it get any better than that? They donate 5 Kia Sedonas that are used by field representatives who deliver the school assembly program to schools across the country and the other 5 Kia Souls are used by Chapters across the country to promote local activities and events. These KIA Canada MADD Canada vehicles are decked out with MADD Canada’s logo and messaging and are uber attention-grabbing. One more tool to raise public awareness of MADD Canada and the need to stop impaired driving.

And…they produce amazing socially responsible commercials that promote not just their vehicles, but an important message:

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Be sure to show KIA Canada your love. Like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, visit their YouTube Channel, and check out their website!

Have you heard of Targa Newfoundland? Did you take the “I Pledge”? Know of any other socially fabulous companies you’d love to give a shout out to?

On August 1, 2009, my beautiful mother-in-law’s life was cut tragically short by an impaired driver and my stepson’s life changed forever. In honor of Donna and Jordan Kennie, please don’t drink and drive. Impaired driving is 100% preventable. Think about it.

Support MADD Canada and follow them on Facebook, Twitter (@maddcanada), YouTube, and on the Web.

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Is driving stoned as bad as driving drunk? Apparently, not in Canada!

I was deeply saddened by a recent news story about the acquittal of a Saskatchewan driver on impaired driving charges – even after she admitted to smoking pot 2.5 hours prior and failed coordination tests. The judge said that while the prosecutor was able to prove that there was marijuana in her system, he failed to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the pot actually impaired her ability to operate a vehicle.

And this isn’t the first case where a pot user has been acquitted of impaired driving. There have been similar acquittals in other jurisdictions.

In our own personal impaired driving story we ran into the same issue. The blood analysis showed that the driver who killed Mamma K had marijuana in his system. Score, right? To me, it should have been a done deal right there. But nope. The prosecutor told us that the marijuana wouldn’t be taken into account because there is no way (yet) to PROVE that the pot impaired his driving.

Seems to me Canada’s drug-impaired driving laws, which were introduced in 2008, need their own overhaul. According to the news story, MADD Canada representatives and advocates are calling on federal lawmakers to adopt drug-intake thresholds similar to the 0.08 blood-alcohol limit which would thereby remove some of the subjectivity contained in Canada’s drug-impaired driving laws.

Yeah think?!?!

I guess there are many jurisdictions in the United States, Western Europe and Australia that have already adopted such standards. Perhaps we should follow their responsible lead?

The best part of the article (or at least most laughable) was the comment by a spokesman for Justice Minister Rob Nicholson who said “Our government takes impaired driving very seriously. This is why we increased the penalties for impaired driving while giving police new tools to better investigate drug-impaired driving.” (Source: Canada.com news story)

Barf! Seriously?!?!?!

As you know from my emails with Minister Nicholson’s office (mine to himhis response to me…5 months latermy heated rebuttal - NOTE: these links all open as PDFs), his comment falls on deaf ears from me.

First of all, we didn’t only need increased penalties for impaired drivers…we needed MINIMUM sentences as well. What’s the point of increasing maximums when they are NEVER used??? Just to “look” good???

Second of all, better tools for police to investigate drug-impaired driving are rendered USELESS if violations can’t be ENFORCED?! DUH! You need both the laws and the teeth to uphold it. Otherwise, what’s the point.

I find it so frustrating when I read comments such as that because it does not speak to how much this government is doing. It speaks to how much this government wants to LOOK like its doing. But in reality, it only showcases how OUT OF TOUCH the government is on what the real issues are, how Canadians are being affected and what impactful solutions need to be implemented.

What needs to happen for our Government to stand up, take notice and make real change? How many more innocent people have to die or be injured? I’m at a loss.

What do you think? Do you think driving stoned is as bad as driving drunk? How can we identify an appropriate impaired level for driving under the influence of drugs? I’d love to hear your thoughts…

On August 1, 2009, my beautiful mother-in-law’s life was cut tragically short by an impaired driver and my stepson’s life changed forever. In honor of Donna and Jordan Kennie, please don’t drink and drive. Impaired driving is 100% preventable. Think about it.

Support MADD Canada and follow them on Facebook, Twitter (@maddcanada), YouTube, and on the Web.

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  • I am so pumped. I just downloaded Evernote and then came across Kristin Nador’s post on using Evernote to increase your blogging productivity – fabulous tips and tricks. I am so excited to get started!
  • Jenny Hansen started it. Now I want me a QR code of my own! Got yours?
  • Very interesting post by Nathan Bransford who thinks you should NOT send your Tweets to Facebook. What do you think? I am not so sure because I have found a number of fabulous blog posts etc this way so it’s not a deterrent for me. Join him in the comments for discussion.

Impaired driver kills parents of 5 and serves only 7 months in jail

I was deeply saddened by the news that Chad Olsen was granted full parole this month. In 2010, he drove drunk and hit and killed Brad and Krista Howe leaving their 5 children (aged between 5 and 15) orphaned in an instant.

The Howe’s took part in this year’s MADD Canada’s school assembly program video which The Dude also participated in so I am very familiar with their story and felt an even deeper sense of sadness for them.

The 25-year-old only actually served 7 months in custody (custody being Bowden’s minimum-security annex, which houses low-risk inmates in dormitory-style bungalows outside the prison walls). So when you read that he spent time in a federal prison, let’s be clear. It was no Shawshank.

After 7 months, Olsen was granted day parole where he lived in a half way house and had to abide by a curfew and a condition banning him from drinking alcohol. Then…just this month he was granted full parole, which means he will serve out the remaining 2 years and a couple of months of his sentence in the community. He gets to live with his fiancé, work full-time, maybe go back to school etc. Whatever. The only 2 special conditions are that he abstains from alcohol and that he attends psychological counselling. And he has to check in with a parole officer.

He was granted full parole because the board found that he did not pose undue risk to the public and full parole would help him ease back into full integration with society.

Well isn’t that swell!

I am sure if you had asked any of Olsen’s friends and family before the crash, they would have said he didn’t pose an undue risk to the public.

I understand about rehabilitation. I understand about re-integration but what about the victims’ and society’s right to expect an offender to face and serve adequate consequences for the nature of the crime? Two people lost their lives, 5 children will grow up orphans, some so young they likely won’t even really remember their parents.

It shouldn’t be just about his risk factor to reoffend, how sorry he is and what a “good” person he really is. It should also be about all of that AND whether he paid his debt and faced appropriate consequences for his actions.

Olsen’s blood alcohol level was 3 times over the legal limit. He ran a red light doing 85 KM an hour. He KILLED 2 people who were only 34 and 35 years old and had 5 children depending on them. He did that. He made that choice.

How is 7 months custody, 9 months day parole, and 2+ years full parole even close to adequate?

In a news report, Olsen is quoted as saying he’s not a terrible person; he just made a terrible mistake.

And I get that. To be frank, if I knew him I’d likely even agree with him. I’d probably feel sorry for him and wish the whole thing had never happened. But that’s not the point. It doesn’t matter how “good” of a person he was/is, how sorry he is, or what a “terrible mistake” it was. It was a choice. A choice to drive drunk that cost the lives of 2 very innocent people and the consequences for that choice need to be paid. Period.

I am stunned. That this is what Brad and Krista’s lives were worth according to our justice system? 7 months in jail? That’s it?

Sure day parole and full parole have restrictions but come on! Olsen is living with his fiancé, has a full-time job, is thinking about going back to school, and is reintegrating back into life with family and friends with Christmas on the horizon. While the Howe children are wondering how to get through another holiday without their parents. They are the ones serving a life sentence for his choices.

How can any read this story and think “oh yeah, if it was my Mom and Dad he ran down drunk and killed, I’d be cool with him only serving 7 months…and getting full parole after only 16 months…I mean, he didn’t mean to do it, right?!”

And what message does this send out? What does this say to other potential offenders?

To me, it says that our system is a joke.

I commend the family for their response to his parole. Krista’s mother is quoted in the news as saying that if Olsen follows through with his plans to give back to the community, including plans to talk to high school students about the dangers of drinking and driving, then full parole is a good thing. She hopes something good can come out of all it going as far as saying that she’d welcome Olsen joining forces with her to fight for increase impaired driving penalties.

Having just sat in a parole board hearing wondering if the drunk driver that killed my mother-in-law would be released after serving only 14 months in the not-really-a-jail jail, I don’t think I could have been as kind.

Nope.

She’s a braver woman than I.

Olsen’s release comes just days before new legislation for impaired drivers will take effect in Alberta on September 1. Maybe had these initiatives been in place, the Howe’s would still be with us. Alas, I know hubby and I have played the “what if” game a zillion times. I know hubby has been tormented and guilt-ridden wondering what he could have done differently that would have altered his Mom’s choice to be on the road that day. But in the end, we can’t look back because we can’t change anything. All we can do is look forward towards prevention.

Police have said in various news reports that they feel the new strengthened legislation will give them more tools to deal with impaired drivers.

I say HOORAH to that!

And to the non-supporters of the new legislation, I say “lose a loved one to this crime and then come talk to me. Until then, shut your pie hole and pound sand!

What do you think about day and full parole? Do you think the nature of the crime and the impact on victims should be taken into consideration before an offender is conditionally released? How do we determine “appropriate consequences” for crimes? How do you let go of the “what if” game? I’d love to hear your thoughts…

On August 1, 2009, my beautiful mother-in-law’s life was cut tragically short by an impaired driver and my stepson’s life changed forever. In honor of Donna and Jordan Kennie, please don’t drink and drive. Impaired driving is 100% preventable. Think about it.

Support MADD Canada and follow them on Facebook, Twitter (@maddcanada), YouTube, and on the Web.

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How can people continue to drink and drive after hearing these stories?

You may have seen on Facebook or in the news the deeply tragic story about a fatal crash that killed a Calgary woman Sunday August 12, 2012.

Kelli-Jo Smith, 38, died after the Ford pickup her husband was driving was hit by a Mercedes about 3:15 am Sunday. What makes the already tragic story even more gut wrenching (as if it could be) is that Kelli-Jo and her husband were actually acting as sober, designated drivers for a very responsible wedding crew who called on them for their assistance.

The best man in the wedding, after drowning a few drinks to give him the courage to make his speech, made the smart choice and opted not to drive impaired. He called his uncle (who had always gladly taken calls in the middle of the night to be a DD) and his stepfather to drive a handful of people home who had been drinking.

After driving everyone home and visiting with a few friends, he and his wife (who had just celebrated their second wedding anniversary) were headed home themselves when their Ford F150 was t-boned by a Mercedes-Benz sedan. The truck spun and struck a large power pole and both Kelli-Jo and her husband, Sean, were thrown from the vehicle.

Reports state that when Sean gained consciousness, he heard his wife cry out and crawled 70 meters to hold her in his arms and say good-bye as she passed away.

Is that not the saddest thing you’ve ever heard? And so senseless! I have tears burning in my eyes.

Sean himself suffered multiple injuries including hand, ankle and spine fractures and severe road rash and is still in hospital while the 27-year-old male driver of the Mercedes sustained minor injuries…and was released on bail not 2 days after the crash.

Makes me sick.

The impaired driver faces charges of impaired driving causing death, impaired driving causing bodily harm, and refusing to provide a breath sample.

I’ll be continuing to follow this case.

This comes not ONE WEEK after a 19-year-old impaired driver killed 49-year-old Jayantha Wijeratne and his 16-year-old daughter, Eleesha, in Toronto. Antonette, Jayantha’s wife, was rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

According to one news report, the family was returning from a 5-day vacation in Florida. Eleesha’s 19-old-brother, Brian, who wasn’t with the family when the crash happened, was informed about the death of his father and sister by two police officers. He then had to tell his mother, in critical condition, that her daughter and husband were dead.

Can you imagine? My heart breaks for these families. Such senseless devastation!

You can see an interview between Sun News’ Charles Adler and Brian Wijeratne on what’s happened to his family. Charles asks the question “are our drunk driving laws tough enough?” Brian responded with a sentiment I share. It feels like people don’t view drunk driving causing death as much, certainly not murder. It’s like impaired drivers who kill aren’t considered killers because they were drunk and suddenly that becomes an “excuse” or makes them less accountable for their choices and actions.

I agree with Brian. And I think if you choose to drive drunk, that should be considered intent to kill and it should be treated like premeditated murder. But I realize, I am slightly bias.

I leave you with this…Rethink Impaired Driving!

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What do you think? Is impaired driving causing death murder or do you think that because the driver was under the influence, they weren’t in their “right” frame of mind and therefore it’s good that it’s treated like a lesser offence? What do you think needs to change so that impaired driving stops? Is it laws, policies, education or a combination of all three? Or do you think as long as there is alcohol, there will be drunk drivers?

On August 1, 2009, my beautiful mother-in-law’s life was cut tragically short by an impaired driver and my stepson’s life changed forever. In honor of Donna and Jordan Kennie, please don’t drink and drive. Impaired driving is 100% preventable. Think about it.

Support MADD Canada and follow them on Facebook, Twitter (@maddcanada), YouTube, and on the Web.

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Celebrate national underwear day with a panty party for two

I can’t believe both Jenny and I missed that it was National Underwear Day (NUD) on August 5, 2012. Alas, all is not lost. Jenny gathered the troops and we are going to do some panty partying like there’s no tomorrow. She kicked things off with a little belated NUD shindig with 8 hilarious undie facts and today, she took it to a whole new level with a post on VIBRATING panties. I gotta be honest. I think I want a pair!

Well dust off your tiaras and whip out the feather boas, it’s time to rock the panty party with Fundies; the underwear built for two!

They may look like unsuspecting plain old cotton undies but these super-sized, four-legged banging briefs will have you and your partner setting the sheets on fire.

No arsenal of erotica is complete without a pair.

Not to mention, the versatility. You and your partner can wear the briefs front to front or back to front depending on personal preference and favorite position.

My concern is mine and hubby’s propensity towards clumsiness. It’d definitely be interesting trying to maneuver into these orgasmic undies. I pray they are made with lots of spandex. Albeit, getting IN them would be half the frisky fun. I am not sure we could do it and stay vertical but hey, it’s all about getting horizontal, right?!?! It’s getting back OUT?!? Let me just say, I’d be keeping a pair of scissors handy for an easy exit.

Any Fundie fun to share? What’s the wackiest underwear adventure you’ve ever attempted? Think you’ll add these to your boudoir box of love? How are you celebrating national underwear day? Come on…share the wealth…

It’s Twisted Tuesday and that means it’s time to enjoy a smile, giggle or laugh…here’s hoping I’ve provided it in spades…enjoy!

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MADD about virgin drinks

It’s summertime. We are hosting BBQs, family get togethers, and parties of all shapes and sizes. Everything we host is BYOB (bring your own booze) and I always have some pop, water or juice on hand for the non-drinkers and designated drivers.

Then I realized what a douchebag hostess I was being. Yes. A douchebag!

Water. Pop. Juice.

Come on….I can do better than that to support those people who are committed to driving sober.

Meet the MADD Virgin Drinks! Aren’t they PRETTY?!?!? Love!!!

MADD Virgin Drinks are mocktails – delicious non-alcoholic drinks that are just as fun and fizzy as their sister cocktails. You can get red or white wine, different varieties of specialty wine like sangria, margaritas and mojitos, champagne, and lime beer (one of my personal favs)!!!!

The company was inspired by MADD Canada. In acknowledgement of the work the organization has done to educate the public about impaired driving not to mention the thousands of lives that have been saved from their efforts, MADD Virgin Drinks was conceived to support the work of MADD Canada both philosophically and financially.

Philosophically, MADD Virgin Drinks provides a fresh and fabulous non-alcoholic drink option that still pumps up your party. Financially, the company contributes 10% of their net sales to MADD Canada.

Shut the front door!

That is fantastic.

I went on the company’s website and was totally blown away when I read the information about Corporate Social Responsibility and Responsible Entertaining. It warms my heart to think that there are companies out there that are not only trying to create a financially successful and lucrative venture but are also giving back. I am blown away by companies that are keeping the communities in which they live and work along with the fundamentals of social responsibility at the top of mind; ingraining those ideals into their corporate philosophy. Total win-win!

For Canadians, you can find MADD Virgin Drinks in a number of retails stores in Albert, BC, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec. Check out their store locator to find a retailer near you.

For those of us who aren’t near a local retailer, or are in the USA, we can still purchase and support MADD Virgin Drinks through their online store. They have a Canadian online store and a USA online store. SWEETNESS!

They also offer trade and volume discounts. Love that!

What are some of your favorite mocktails to serve? Have any fabulous recipes to share? Know of a company that’s making a social difference in your community; giving back in some fab way? Show them the love and pimp them out here in my comment section and be sure to link to their website so we can all shower them with support.

On August 1, 2009, my beautiful mother-in-law’s life was cut tragically short by an impaired driver and my stepson’s life changed forever. In honor of Donna and Jordan Kennie, please don’t drink and drive. Impaired driving is 100% preventable. Think about it.

Support MADD Canada and follow them on Facebook, Twitter (@maddcanada), YouTube, and on the Web.

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Talking toilet encourages people to call a cab!

Well call me crazy but I just love this latest impaired driving awareness tactic in the US.

According to the news story, federal funding paid to distribute talking urinal cakes that encourage patrons not to drink and drive to around 200 bars in 4 Michigan counties.

Shut up?!??! I know!!!

Picture this. You’re a guy (ok…just hang in there with me…). You are at a bar. You’ve had a few too many. You are planning to head out and drive yourself home but first, you need to hit the loo. As you stand there draining the lizard, a female voice pipes up and says:

Listen up. That’s right, I’m talking to you. Had a few drinks? Maybe a few too many? Then do yourself and everyone else a favour: Call a sober friend or a cab. Oh, and don’t forget, wash your hands. Call a ride…get home safe!

I love it!

Talking Urinal Cakes

Imagine the surprise customers would have. It’d be like a voice from God giving one last reminder.

The cakes also have the “Call a ride. Get home safe.” message imprinted on them.

You know, it’s the same message but it’s a completely new and unique way to get it out there. And quite frankly, anything that will get people’s attention, get them talking, and maybe even take pause before getting behind the wheel is uberlicous in my books!

Would a talking urinal cake make you think twice about driving impaired? Do you think it’ll be effective at getting the message across in a new way? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

On August 1, 2009, my beautiful mother-in-law’s life was cut tragically short by an impaired driver and my stepson’s life changed forever. In honor of Donna and Jordan Kennie, please don’t drink and drive. Impaired driving is 100% preventable. Think about it.

Support MADD Canada and follow them on Facebook, Twitter (@maddcanada), YouTube, and on the Web.

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Beautiful tribute ideas to honor loved ones

On July 28, the local Wellington County (Ontario) chapter of MADD Canada will be releasing 1500 butterflies into the air in memory of the close to 1500 victims killed by impaired drivers in 2011. Taking place at a local park, a bench will also be dedicated in memory of those victims as well as the survivors of impaired driving crashes.

My heart tugged at the thought of such an amazing and beautiful tribute. I wish I could be there to see it in person.

In 2010, we held a one-year anniversary memorial for Mamma K where the family came together to honor her spirit and remember. We had a head stone erected and we buried some of her ashes there. We laid flowers at her grave. We all shared stories and memories about her.

And we all wrote her a little note that we attached to red (environmentally friendly) helium-filled balloons. Together, we released those balloons into the air to be carried to her in heaven. I remember how we all stood for a long time watching those balloons sail off into the sky. The tears rolling down our cheeks. The emotion and the love that filled the air. It was one of the most moving and beautiful tributes I’ve ever been a part of.

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As hubby and I become more and more involved with our local Chapter of MADD Canada, we are gathering ideas for different kinds of memorials and tributes to hold for victims and survivors. What kinds of tributes have you seen or been a part of that have wowed you?

On August 1, 2009, my beautiful mother-in-law’s life was cut tragically short by an impaired driver and my stepson’s life changed forever. In honor of Donna and Jordan Kennie, please don’t drink and drive. Impaired driving is 100% preventable. Think about it.

Support MADD Canada and follow them on Facebook, Twitter (@maddcanada), YouTube, and on the Web. And answer their Call to Action (the post is dated 2010 but the Call to Action is ongoing)!

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