Drive Safely Tonight

At the risk of being a buzz-kill—hell, given what I’m about to report here, I’d like to be a buzz-kill—I’d like to recommend that before you tie one during your New Year’s celebration tonight you be certain that you’re (1) someplace you’re planning to stay or (2) you have someone who is not going to be tying anything but shoelaces who will get you to where you need to be at the end of the night.   I was looking at a fact sheet from Mothers Against Drunk Driving titled “Drunk Driving in America,” and while some of them are somewhat mystifying (e.g., “The         societal costs of alcohol-related crashes average $1.00 per drink consumed.

At the risk of being a buzz-kill—hell, given what I’m about to report here, I’d like to be a buzz-kill—I’d like to recommend that before you tie one during your New Year’s celebration tonight you be certain that you’re (1) someplace you’re planning to stay or (2) you have someone who is not going to be tying anything but shoelaces who will get you to where you need to be at the end of the night.

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  I was looking at a fact sheet from Mothers Against Drunk Driving titled “Drunk Driving in America,” and while some of them are somewhat mystifying (e.g., “The         societal costs of alcohol-related crashes average $1.00 per drink consumed. People other than the drinking driver paid $0.60 per drink”—huh?), some of  them are down right sobering, as in:

· On average someone is killed by a drunk driver every 40 minutes.

· In 2007, nearly 13,000 people were killed in drunk driving related crashes.

That’s not how you want to bring in the New Year.

Have a good one.  And a safe one.