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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Urban Word Wednesday: Bed Browsing

Welcome to Urban Word Wednesday! New words, phrases, and sayings I am learning (and using in my day-to-day life) brought to you by ME…and the Urban Dictionary. You are gonna love these!

Bed Browsing: Similar to Web Browsing, but done from the comfort of your bed.

Examples Of Use:

I’ve been desperately sick with a head cold this week and been stuck in bed since Sunday; except for my big adventure yesterday to the drug store for Kleenex and other supplies. When hubby got home last night, he took pity on me and offered to take me out in my cozy comfort clothes for comfort food. Pizza. We enjoyed this conversation while ordering our deep dish.

Hubby: I can’t believe you haven’t really left the house since Sunday.

Me: I know…I was feeling a wee bit claustrophobic today although the bed browsing has helped keep me entertained; when I’ve been awake that is.

Hubby: bed browsing? Are you shopping for a new bed?

Me: nope…surfing the web from the comfort of my bed! Bed browsing.

Hubby: hahaha…well I am sure your blogging family has been keeping your spirits up.

Me: the comments on mine and Jenny’s blogs over our Missed Connections fun have definitely helped!

Hubby: nothing better than bed browsing…

Do you ever partake in bed browsing? What kind of set up is most comfortable? 1 pillow or 2? Come on…share the wealth…

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Hubby’s Corner: One person’s junk is another person’s treasure!

Here at HC Headquarters we’ve previously detailed the relationship differences of Hot vs Cold.  Today we are dumpster diving head first into the relationship difference of Junk vs Treasure.

I’ve been a die-hard dumpster diver from as far back as I remember. It all started back when I was a kid and my father would take me along to our weekly dump run. While Dad was off-loading a truck full of boring garbage bags, I was lost in a fantasy world of wrecked metal cars and scrap metal looking for that one significant object that could be used for unimaginable fun; building something uber-cool! The possibilities – endless!

After the truck was empty, I’d throw my treasures in the back and Dad would always chuckle and say “I came to drop garbage off – not bring it home!

And that’s where it all began…

My sweet wife Natalie – let’s just say, does not share the same vision and imagination when it comes to my “treasures.”  She likes things fashionable – great packaging – showroom condition and top shelf all the way!

More than once I’ve brought something home from walking the dog on garbage night. Only to hear “they threw it out for a reason!

{Note from Natalie: let us not mention the broke-ass screen tent that you brought home and spent hours putting together only to discover, it really was a piece of shit. Don’t even get me started on the junk Christmas tree stand you insisted was fine. Might I remind you of the pine needle explosion followed by the emergency trip to the hardware store to pay top dollar for the last remaining deluxe tree stand that you tip your hat to every. single. Christmas! I will however concede that the washing machine inner drum that you literally dumpster dove for WAS in fact…genius! It served us for many a wonderful fires. All that to say…the treasures do NOT outweigh the trash albeit, the adventures are always good for a zillion laughs! And ain’t that what life’s really all about.}

One of many “treasure” signs you can find at the Flea Market

Our differences in this area were never more apparent than recently when I took Natalie to the NB Antique Auto Club annual flea market in Sussex. This place had it all; $5 parking, $10 admission, food vendors, and a full afternoon of junk treasure exploration in the 4-6 hours range. There was bounty as far as the eye could see.

We are talking knick-knacks, antiques, car parts, etc. Anything my wildest imagination could muster – I’m sure it was there…and up to me to uncover and discover.

Then I saw it – THE LOOK – it was the same look I got when I returned from walking the dog on garbage night. Similar to Lynnette Conroy’s Look of Death!

It was then that I knew that my little Love Peddle…my Flower…was not having it and not feeling the same excitement and magic as I was. I will say, my little Trooper held on for a full 2 hours below waving the white flag!

We still had a great day together holding hands and laughing. And as I walked through the flea market, I recalled the day we first met….and I realized Natalie must have been dumpster diving and thought to herself “one significant object that could be used for unimaginable fun; building something uber-cool! The possibilities – endless!“ when she stumbled upon me.

And I obviously thought to myself “hmmm! Fashionable – great packaging – showroom condition and top shelf all the way!

So I guess we aren’t that different after all and one person’s junk IS another person’s treasure!

What are some of the different quirks or interests between you and your partner that you indulge? Do either of you like to dumpster dive or hit flea markets? What trash treasures have you brought home? Come on…share the wealth…

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Urban Word Wednesday: Panty Anthem

Welcome to Urban Word Wednesday! New words, phrases, and sayings I am learning (and using in my day-to-day life) brought to you by ME…and the Urban Dictionary. You are gonna love these!

Let the panty party continue! After yesterday’s post with underwear a deux, today’s Urban Word keeps the things in full swing as we celebrate of national underwear day (NUD). After you leave here, make sure you keep rocking out with Jenny Hansen. She’s talking panty parades and UNDIE SHOOTERS (need I say more???). She’s also got the dirt on an undie pop-up party with FreshPair (the fahhhbulous peeps that started NUD) in NYC August 22-23, 2012 (never have I wished I was in NYC more).

So….lets get down to urban word business!

Panty Anthem: a song that makes people want to take their panties off.

Examples Of Use:

Hubby and I were at the grocery store last night picking up a few things for the week. We were in the vegetable aisle checking out the lettuce when we had the following conversation.

Me: did you see mine and Jenny’s blog posts today? We are doing a belated celebration of national underwear day which was on August 5.

Hubby: I can’t believe you two missed THAT. But yeah, I saw the vibrating panties. I am getting you a pair for Christmas and we are so doing some kind of James Bond type vlog with them.

Me: nice. That sounds like super duper fun! Maybe I could wear them to the gym and finally have an assisted coregasm. What did you think of the fundies? Would you try a pair with me?

Hubby: I just broke 3 bills this week sweetheart. If you and I tried to slip into a pair of those we’d look like a monkey trying to fawk a football.

*I feigned disappointment – we definitely had people’s attention then*

Me: You know what they say, trying is half the fun. Wait a minute…

*I perk my head up towards the ceiling to hear the radio better*

Me: OMG I LOVE this song! It’s totally MY panty anthem?

Hubby: a panty anthem?

Me: you know…it’s so good it’s making me want to take my panties off!

*Hubby drops the lettuce and grabs my hand*

Hubby: come on, we can find the station in the car!

This is my panty anthem:

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What’s yours? Come on…share the wealth…

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Urban Word Wednesday: Duck Dress

Welcome to Urban Word Wednesday! New words, phrases, and sayings I am learning (and using in my day-to-day life) brought to you by ME…and the Urban Dictionary. You are gonna love these!

Duck Dress: A dress or skirt so short one can almost see your stuff.

Examples Of Use:

Hubby and I are always stunned by what people will wear. Just incredible. While out camping this weekend, we hit the very busy canteen for the to-die-for chicken strips and onion rings dinner. Sitting at the picnic table with another couple our age (strangers), hubby and I enjoyed the following conversation.

Me: my God….and Mom used to be outraged by what I wanted to wear when I was 15. I was practically dressed like a nun compared to what girls that age are wearing today.

Hubby: I know…it’s crazy. They are showing more skin than ever.

Me: I mean I am all for the mini skirt but check out those two over there. They can’t be more than 15 and they are wearing duck dresses for God sakes!

Hubby: duck dresses???

Me: you know, a dress that’s 1 inch below their quack!

*Hubby and the couple sitting with us near died laughing!*

Me: it barely covers their clam burger and their ass is about to fall out. I mean…if they drop a quarter, they are shit out of luck!

Are you stunned by how short girls are wearing their skirts today? Ever wear a duck dress and spent the evening tugging at the hem? Come on….share the wealth…

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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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Urban Word Wednesday: Douche Dial

Welcome to Urban Word Wednesday! New words, phrases, and sayings I am learning (and using in my day-to-day life) brought to you by ME…and the Urban Dictionary. You are gonna love these!

Douche Dial (brought to you by HUBBY!): A term to let someone know how much or how little they are acting like a real douchebag. The higher the douche dial, the bigger the douche.

Examples Of Use:

Last week, hubby and I joined some friends for a birthday dinner celebration. Somehow on the way to the restaurant, hubby came up with the douche dial term and we giggled about it incessantly. Of course, it became the center of our conversation that night since in a group setting, hubby and I can really get our banter on!

Hubby: I see you’ve turned your douche dial to high tonight honey!

Me: my douche dial is actually set to low but I can crank it up if you’d like?

Friends: douche dial???

Hubby: it’s a meter to evaluate her douchebagness!

Table: ROFL that’s awesome!

Hubby: and tonight she’s working that douche dial like a stripper on a pole?!

Me: I’ll take that as a compliment.

Me: I think it’s you who’s got the douche dial turned to max! However, if you need a lesson, I can turn mine to high any time to teach you the difference…that’s just how kind and generous I am. Give Give Give!

*Hubby holds his hand up and starts turning a virtual knob to HIGH!*

The table was in hysterics!

Do you like to spin the douche dial periodically? Know someone who does? Let’s hear your best douche dial stories people. Come on…share the wealth…

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Partying in the spam files

I’ve been ROFL ever since reading Jenny Hansen’s post about things she’s learned from her spam files and search terms. I instantly headed off to visit and play in mine. I’ve been having a grand time ever since; a little ego feeding is good for the soul, isn’t it?! Even if it’s poorly written flattery…

Dive into your comment section…

Andressa got a lot out of my Just shut up and cuddle post. She says:

this really is an awesome post, i’m happy i came across this. i will be back to look at out more of your articles later.

Well Andressa, you are welcome back anytime girl! Even with your poor grammar. Perhaps you should consider signing up for David Walker’s grammar series.

I loved Elisete’s comment:

great blog! the information you provide is quiet helpful, why i was not able to find it earlier. anyways i’ve subscribed to your feeds, keep the good work up.

I don’t know why you hadn’t found me till now. It’s not like I’ve been in hiding. It is a public blog after all. Regardless, thanks so much for subscribing to my feeds because it is the best way to be sure to get my uberlicious posts every single week (hint hint y’all…click the “Sign Me Up Baby” button on the side and you can join Elisete and get my posts emailed to you)! I will definitely keep up the great work. For you…anything! BTW, you may want to consider joining Andressa in checking out David’s grammar series.

I couldn’t agree more UAE escort when he (or she) wrote:

I think other site proprietors should take nataliehartford.com as an model, very clean and excellent user friendly style and design, let alone the content. You are an expert in this topic!

I gotta say, I kind of like my ultra pink layout as well so I’m glad to hear I am not alone. And an expert. Wow, here I thought I was just writing about the first thing that came to mind. I had no idea that made me an expert. Squeeee!!!

And…last but not least, Aniele says:

your blog happens to be not just informative but also very stimulating too.

Well now…Stimulating?!??! That’s new! I had no idea….I’m kind of speechless on that one.

Search Terms Insanity!

The search terms that bring readers to me was quite enlightening and entertaining. In this last quarter, the top way people found me….

  • women peeing

I’ve become the place to go when you want to know about women peeing. Hmmm…not quite the brand I was going for but hey…I’ll take it.

Other top search terms:

  • natalie hartford blog (Phew….)
  • duck dynasty
  • womenpeeing (more of this, eh?!?!)
  • women peeing outdoors (Ok…this is starting to get strange…)

Looks like I might want to consider doing some more posts on…women peeing. Gotta please the readers, right?

Ever spend anytime in your spam folder? What fun things have you found? Any outlandish search terms bringing the readers to you? Come on…share the wealth….

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Urban Word Wednesday: Hairitude

Welcome to Urban Word Wednesday! New words, phrases, and sayings I am learning (and using in my day-to-day life) brought to you by ME…and the Urban Dictionary. You are gonna love these!

Today’s post was inspired by one of our very own bloggers extraordinaire; the wordsmith Julie Glover who writes Amaze-ing Words Wednesday posts that I never miss. One such Wednesday, I came across a delightful little gem on neologisms (new words) and I knew without a shadow of a doubt, it’d be featured over here where we get a little bit raunchier with our word fun.

Hairitude: A neologism of “hair” + “attitude”. The term can apply to any chick with an out-of-the-box, over-the-top hairdo that communicates an “I am all that” attitude.

Well girl…have I got some hairitude for YOU!

Examples Of Use:

When hubby and I were in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic this year for our vacation, I got braids put into my hair. These totally made the majority of my trip fuss-free and relaxing! I got me plenty of hairitude wearing these bad boys, let me tell ya. Bo Derek eat your heart out.

When we got home, it took hubby and I about 2 hours to take the darn things out. But lord….that amped up my hairitude to a triple z snap!!

Hubby: wowzers, that’s some kind of hair. Grrrr…I actually find it kind of sexy….

Me: GRRROOOWWWWLLLLL I’ll be your lioness tonight love! Let me shake, rattle and roll. I’m gonna do a double back hand spring Gold dismount tonight! Buckle up…the hairitude’s taking over and you are in for the ride of your life!

Hubby: I’m afraid…don’t hurt me!

What’s your fav hairitude style? What hairitude makes you hold your head up high? Any hairitude photos from the 80s to share? You can post pics in the comment section so don’t be shy! Come on…be bold!!

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