First, I’d like to wish you all a the very best in the coming year, but today I want to talk about something a little more serious. I want to talk about the fact that you shouldn’t drink and drive tonight. I want to come to you and talk to you about drinking and driving as a person with close personal experience. Now, I’m not saying you can’t have a sip of champagne at midnight today, but I am saying to be very careful. You have to think about your family and the other drivers on the road.
It was Christmas Break and I was riding home with my aunt from the nursing home. We’d been up there to celebrate Christmas with my great-grandmother and my granny. It was the middle of the afternoon. We were focused on the road and driving carefully home when it happened. We saw a truck coming down the road weaving in and out of his side of the road. It was terrifying. My aunt swerved enough so that it hit mostly on her side of the car when it became obvious he was going to hit us. The sound of the car crash followed by the distinct smell of airbag is something that I can still hear and smell to this day. It’s not something we wanted to have experience with ever. It took hours for them to get my aunt out of the car while I sat in the helicopter freezing with my clothes cut off. They had me wrapped in blankets, but it still wasn’t enough. Finally we made it to the hospital, and I was released later that night. My aunt was in for several weeks and surgeries due to the fact it hit mostly on her side of the car.
My memories include someone else having to wash my hair, spitting glass for days, and not being able to sleep alone so that people could insure I woke up every time. Then there was the incomplete Christmas without one person at home. There was the guilt for actually having been a little angry with her that morning. There was having to retell the story to friends and family. It wasn’t easy on anyone.
I can assure you that it wasn’t easy on the man driving the other car either. I don’t find myself thinking about it too much from his point of view, but he wasn’t wearing his seat belt so he was thrown from his vehicle and definitely injured. His life was also about to change drastically. There are HUGE consequences for when you drink and drive.
Tonight is now the kind of night when I don’t want to go out. I’ve never had a New Year’s Eve as an adult where I really wanted to go do anything. It may not be the day we were affected by the guy who got drunk and drove, but it is a day when I most commonly think of people taking the risk. There are other holidays that fall on the spectrum as well. The truth of the matter is though that holidays associated with people who drink and drive more frequently than normal really bother me. Yet, I always find myself sending out the message if anyone needs a DD that they can call me. I don’t want anyone to feel like they don’t have an option other than to drink and drive. You always have options.
Before you take that drink and drive risk tonight remember that you can call AAA. If you live in a major city you’ll find cabs and public transit are great options. You could take a Lyft or Uber, but I’m pretty sure there will be surge pricing with Uber tonight. Uber does recommend booking your cab either right after the ball drops at midnight or after 2:30AM.
What are your plans for this evening?