I promise…do you?

Squeeeeee y’all are getting more of me than you bargain for today. I am guest posting today at Jessica O’Neal’s blog where I share my Love List. Be sure to visit her and check it out! I can’t wait to hear what you’d put on your Love List!

Now, to today’s post. On April 16, 2011, Anthony McColl (Tony) was driving friends home from a party when a Mazda Protegé crossed the median line and struck his car, killing McColl and seriously injuring his four female passengers.

According to police, they had been chasing the driver of the Mazda Protegé after seeing the driver driving erratically but had broke off the pursuit because it was becoming too dangerous.

The driver continued to speed and a few minutes later lost control of his vehicle and struck McColl. The driver of the other car, Brandon Crawford, 20, was also killed in the crash.

This video was made in tribute to Anthony McColl and it moved me to tears. His family and friends have created a website and a Facebook group called “Tony’s Promise” where people join and pledge to never drive and drive or let another person get behind the wheel while under the influence in Tony`s honor. Love it!


Tony….I promise! ♥

Will you take the pledge and join me in making an “I promise” in Tony’s honor?

Two years ago, my beautiful mother-in-law’s life was cut tragically short by an impaired driver. In honor of Donna Jean 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), and on the Web.

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  1. Of course I make this promise! I wish everyone would think before they get into a car ~ not just about drinking, but texting, phone calls, speeding, all those things that people believe they are immune to. Safe driving, people! These stories always make me so sad, but I’m grateful for you for posting them each week as a reminder of what we all need to think about when we get behind the wheel of our cars.

  2. Promise. I love that you do these posts Natalie. They are often hard to read and harder to comment on.

  3. Hubby aka The Blog Heckler says:

    Another great post Nat! Video was nicely done!

  4. oh yes, I promise!!

  5. Thank you Natalie for your amazing spirit! Through your tireless efforts, we all are being made more aware of this problem. You’re words are not falling on deaf ears my friend! Thank you!

    You and hubby the heckler have a great weekend! 🙂

  6. Yes, I promise. Great job Natalie. We need reminders.

  7. I promise, no question, and will pass this on. Thanks for all you do here, Natalie.

  8. I don’t drink anyway, sweetie. I had a friend hit and killed by a lorry. He wasn’t drunk but had jumped a red light…..

    I’ll watch the video when I’ve not got work to do – I will blubber like a baby, trust me. I am really sorry about your mother-in-law.

    • It’s hard to lose people especially when it’s someone’s carelessness. I am so sorry Donna. It’s sad and tragic and senseless. People forget that driving is something that needs to be done with great care and attention! 🙂

  9. it goes without saying that I promise. what a tragic loss.

  10. Powerful stuff, Natalie. I promise, too and will make my kids promise.
    Thanks for the mention, Natalie.
    I do have to warn your readers that there is some controversy about Pinterest and their Terms of Service. Go ahead and build your boards, repin images you live, etc. But, do not take those images off Pinterest to use anywhere else unless you have the permission of the original photographer.
    Also, if you upload any of your own images or blog posts, realize that Pinterest automatically copyrights them for themselves…forever! You can never post them anywhere else, ever, without Pinterest’s permission.
    And lastly, if there is ever a copyright lawsuit involving you and Pinterest, you will be held responsible for paying Pinterest’s legal expenses.
    So, go play with it but be careful. i am protesting the Terms of Service and have deleted my boards. I hope Pinterest will take notice of users doing the same and change their policies, but I’m not holding my breath. It’s sad, because I loved the experience and the potential for connecting with others.

  11. These posts are beautiful, Natalie. I promise. Bless your heart for writing about this.

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