Buzzed Driving = Drunk Driving. Don’t Do It. Ever.

How many times have you heard someone say, “I’ve just had a few. I’m more buzzed than drunk. I’m good to drive!”

How many times have you said it?

St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow, and I wanted to write a quick post to remind everyone to enjoy the holiday safely. Let’s face it, St. Patrick’s Day as it is celebrated nowadays is about draping yourself in green and drinking Irish Car Bombs. I’ve been there. I’ve been to parties where I’ve gotten way more intoxicated than I should have, and I’ve also been to parties where I’ve gotten just a little buzzed. But there is one thing I have not done and will never do, and that’s drive under the influence. Even if I only feel buzzed, I will not get behind the wheel of a car and I urge you to live the same way.

Did you know that on St. Patrick’s Day 2009, *37 percent of the drivers and motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or above, according to statistics by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)*? Did you know also that in 2009, 1,119 occupants of other vehicles were killed in alcohol-related crashes due to impaired drivers? Those are brothers. Sisters. Wives. Husbands. Babies. Innocent children whose lives were taken because someone made a really stupid judgment call and got behind the wheel. Lives gone forever.

It’s simple. If you drink, don’t drive. Ever. Do not get behind the wheel if you have been drinking. There is absolutely no reason to ever drive if you’ve been drinking. Period, the end. What are some ways that you can get yourself home safely? You can pick someone to be a designated driver ahead of time and hold that person accountable. If your DD falls through, make sure you have cash with you so you can call a taxi service. Load the number of one into your phone before you leave so you are sure to have it. Crash on acouch if you are drinking at someone’s home if you have to. If you’re an “I can drive, seriously” offender give your keys to someone else the second you walk in the door before you get drunk and your judgment is impaired.

Don’t let what is supposed to be a fun evening and a good time ruin your life or worse – the life of an innocent bystander. There’s no reason to ever drive, even if you’re a little buzzed. Buzzed driving IS drunk driving. Please be safe this St. Patrick’s Day – and every other holiday. It’s not just yourself that you’re putting at risk by driving drunk.. It’s people like my family, too.

DISCLOSURE: I was not compensated in any way, shape, or form for this post. The words are entirely my own (except the sentence within the * *, that was quoted directly from the e-mail I received from resourceful mommy media about this post). I honestly believe the things I wrote in this post and did it to spread awareness about drunk driving and being safe.

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