National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month – December

maddOne bad decision can have devastating effects. This my family knows only too well as 20 years ago one young man’s bad decision after work left our brother and sister-in-law dead on the side of the road. His decision to drink then drive, left parents heart-broken, robbed brothers and sisters of the chance to lean on each other, left future nieces and nephews without cousins and impacted this young man’s freedom for the next few years.

MADD Canada (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) has fought for years to reduce and eliminate impaired driving. There have been many successes as the provinces have changed their laws and children are taught to make better decisions.

But there is a long way to go and much of that work is within my own generation. A generation of adults that grew up not thinking a whole lot about drinking and driving. Where the only goal was not to get caught and get a ticket on the weekend. For some, this is still the goal. They’ll say things like, “I’ll take the back way home”, or “I haven’t had that many”.

One bad decision can have devastating effects.

 

Beverly’s Hot Tips For National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month:

Really, it is one simple tip. Don’t be that person who makes the bad decision.

  • Assign a designated driver before the night even begins
  • Don’t be afraid to address the ‘elephant’ in the room when someone tries to drive after they have been drinking.

 

 

If you have some strategies to share – comment on this posting!

 

Additional Resources:

Road Rage and Commuting Stress

Bereaved Parents Awareness Month

National Safe Driving Week

Pet Peeve Week

 

 

 

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Written by Beverly Beuermann-King

Building Resiliency Through Stress and Wellness Strategies. Stress and resiliency strategist, Beverly Beuermann-King, CSP, translates current research and best practices information into a realistic, accessible and more practical approach through her dynamic stress and wellness workshops, on-line stress and resiliency articles, books, e-briefs and media interviews.

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