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Just think a little...
December 23, 2010 - Jennifer Brookens
"'Tis the Season to Tie One On," reads the Anne Taintor picture featured on my screen saver. Ironically, I've been writing about the consequences of "tying one on" all week, specifically "tying one on," and then driving.
We've all heard the lectures, the warnings, the stats, the laws. We all know someone who has pushed that limit, and we are probably six degrees of separation from someone who was affected by a drunk driving crash. But this series had stories that shook me. Some of the pictures put into my mind moved me to tears. One of the people I interviewed told me one thing to think about if ever tempted to try to drive after drinking: "Imagine if your family; your spouse, your mom, or your kid opens the door to a cop, and this cop tells them that you're dead. Imagine their reaction to that news." Worse yet, imagine having your spouse, parent, or child seeing you in a gory crash scene. Or if you are the one that survives the crash, but you kill someone else, someone you love. Or imagine yourself being the one held back by the officer at the crash scene because you know the person you love the most is in there...
These are obviously not the happy joyful holiday thoughts we want to dwell on at Christmas and New Years, but it's a reality to many. In addition to ruining the holiday, it ruins the season for years to come for those who survive. No one wants to be the buzzkill during what are supposed to be happy times, but that's exactly what drinking and driving does.
So eat, drink and be merry this Christmas. But just prepare to hand the keys over to a sober friend, call a cab, or do your drinking at a place where you can stay put for the duration. We don't want to put your name on the obits page.
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