Think you are ok to drive after having a couple?

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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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Comments

  1. Another excellent video, Natalie, that goes straight to the heart. We all need to take that extra step to tell someone when they shouldn’t be driving.

  2. I was at a tail gate last night for a CU football game and some of the partiers passed around a breathalyzer. Great idea!

  3. Excellent points here, Natalie. I’ve heard that hundreds (thousands?) of times in LA. I won’t drink alcohol at all if I’m driving—too easily tipsy for that. When it doubt, we should stay out—of the driver’s seat, that is. The worst time to assess whether we’re sober enough to drive is while intoxicated. It’s like trying to decide whether to wake up while we’re asleep. Thanks for another inspiring, important post!

  4. Great topic, and I’m sorry for your loss. I know one drink won’t put me over the limit and I’ll still be “okay” to drive, but I won’t do it. If I had an accident and injured or (God forbid) killed someone, I’d always wonder “If I hadn’t had that one drink… if my reflexes had been a little sharper… could I have prevented the accident?”

    It’s just not worth it to me. I love my beer, but if I’m having a drink, I give the keys to somebody else.

  5. I think you are becoming a first rate advocate! Good work.

  6. Excellent post 😉

  7. excellent video and post, Natalie. thanks for the ocnstant reminder.

  8. Reblogged this on Kristy K. James and commented:
    Reenactments are stories about something that really happened. And scenes like this one give me chills. Some things just can’t be taken back, no matter how sorry you are, and no matter how much it hurts. Best to just avoid the feelings of regret in the first place. Don’t let yourself become an impaired driver…no matter how okay you think you are.

  9. These videos make me want to cry…simply because I know they’re based on actual events. People die because of stupid decisions. So good for you for not letting people leave your presence when they’re not able to drive.

    • I know Kristy, they are devastating to watch when you know deep in your heart how very real they are…it’s heart breaking.

      I’ve always loved the saying “The road to hell is paved with good intentions…”. I would say no one sets out in the car to kill whether they are driving drunk, distracted, texting or tired. But…like you said…people die because of stupid decisions. Stupid, every day kind of decisions.

      People need to WAKE up and take driving as the serious responsibility that it is.

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