Monday, December 30, 2013

"Take a Taxi"

 Tom sent me the following from someone
who wrote from a recent experience:

With the holidays upon us, I would like to share a personal experience with my family and friends about drinking and driving.  As you may know, some of us have been known to have brushes with the authorities from time to time on the way home after a “social session” out with friends.

Well, three days ago, I was out for an evening with friends and had several cocktails, followed by some rather nice red wine.  Feeling jolly, I still had the sense to know that I may be over the limit.  That's when I did something that I've never done before...I took a cab home!  Sure enough, on the way home, there was a police road block, but since it was a cab, they waved it past.  I arrived home safely without incident.  This was a real relief and surprise because I had never driven a cab before.  I don't even know where I got it...and now that it's in my garage, I don't know what to do with it!!!

Ten Facts about Drinking and Driving

Impairment is not reliant upon the type of alcohol you consume ~ rather, the number of drinks over a certain amount of time.

On average, a drunk driver will drive 80 times “under the influence” before his/her first arrest.

Every 53 minutes in America, a life is lost in a drunk driving crash...that equates to 27 people a day.

For drivers  under 21, the U.S. has a “No Tolerance” policy which does not allow any alcohol to be in the blood system while behind the wheel driving.

Every 90 seconds, someone is injured from a drunk driving incident.

In 2011 ~  9,878 people were victims of drunk drivers.

Between 50 and 75% of the people who have had their licences revoked due to DUI drive illegally without their licences.

Traffic accidents are the leading causes in deaths of teens and roughly one-third of these accidents are due to alcohol or other substance.

211 children were killed in drunk driving crashes...62% were riding in the car of the impaired driver.

Kids and teens who get involved at a young age, are more likely to be involved with alcohol-related accidents.

Common Driving Behaviours:  Road Rage...Racing...Tailgating...Failure to observe signs and regulations...Seeking confrontations with other drivers...Speeding often a factor in fatal crashes!
Aggressive drivers are an extremely serious risk
that jeopardizes their safety and that of others.

Drinking and Driving
There are stupider things, but it's a very short list.
(Author Unknown)

Baseball is like Driving
It's the one who gets home safely...that counts!
(Tommy Lasorda)

It takes 8,460 bolts to assemble an automobile;
it takes one nut to scatter it all over the road.
(Seen on a bumper sticker)

Honk if you love Jesus!
Text while driving...if you want to meet Him.
(Seen on a church sign)

Compiled by Merle Baird-Kerr...December 29, 2013
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  1. My nephew in California writes: "Thank you Dear Tia ~ We are likely to sleep over at Pato and Paula's we can celebrate! Hugs!"

  2. I am always so pleased to hear from you about your family and friends. Seems these blog articles keep us in close conversation
    and the proximity of miles seems zero! Wishing all of you
    great Health, Happiness and Success this coming year.