Think you are ok to drive after having a couple?


Brought tears to my eyes.

It may be an awareness commercial but this scene couldn’t be more real. It couldn’t be more every day. How many times have you heard friends, family or acquaintances ask someone if they are ok to drive. How many times have you heard a person say “Nahhh…I’m good. I’ve only had a couple…” and watched he/she get behind the wheel of a car. I know I have in the past…sad to say but many times.

And maybe the person made it home safe and sound. But what I am learning is that only perpetuates the choice and behaviour. A choice that someday could have deadly consequences.

Why take the risk?!

If you have to ask someone “do you want me to drive?” then you already know your answer.

Take the keys. Insist on driving. Insist on taking a cab. Don’t get in the vehicle. Call 911.

If someone asks YOU if you are ok to drive, then YOU know the answer. You aren’t. Step aside and let someone who hasn’t had a drink get behind the wheel.

It may seem like overkill but having “just a couple” doesn’t make it right to drive. It doesn’t make it safe. It is never worth the risk!

I know I’ve learned my lesson. I’d speak up. I’d insist! Whatever it took. Even if it meant they hated me, got angry, or threatened to end our friendship. Doesn’t matter. I don’t ever want to wonder “what if I had just…

Join me in the fight against impaired driving. Write your MP and tell him/her that you want them to support random breath testing!

If your spouse, BFF or family member said they were ok to drive after only having a couple but you weren’t so sure, what would you do? What would you say? How would you stop them? Let’s talk about it so we can all learn and build strategies so our loved ones never take the risk.

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.

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