Don’t Let The Holidays Become The Saddest Time of Year – Forever

 In Opinion

candle of remembranceIt’s a time of lights and music. Even for those not raised in Christmas traditions, there are often gatherings, food and good cheer to enjoy as others get into the spirit of things. The reminders of the season are everywhere.

Imagine it all ruined forever by one reckless decision – the decision to drink and drive, one that is all too common this time of year.

Here’s how it could happen. You’re at a holiday party, and you see a loved one drinking. At the end of the evening, he’s not in shape to drive, but you don’t say anything. You don’t like to play the parent when no one else is. You tell him to be careful. Maybe you even suggest that he takes a taxi, but when he tells you he’s okay, you give a shrug, and tell him to watch himself.

Then the worst happens. He doesn’t make it home.

From then on, every year when the lights come on in the streets, when the holiday music starts to play in stores, when the decorations go up in the neighborhoods, you’ll be reminded of what you should have done that night.

Christmas will become something else. Not a joyous holiday, but a sad anniversary.

The good news is that drunk driving is a decision, and so is letting someone else drive drunk, and it’s in your power to ensure that your holiday season is never darkened by this kind of tragedy. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Don’t drink and drive. Have a plan before you go out. It might be a designated driver, a rideshare service, taxi, public transport, or your feet. Whatever it takes, but have it organized before the glass meets your lips.
  • When you’re driving during the season, be extra careful of other drivers who might have been drinking. Give them extra space
  • Don’t let your friends drink and drive. Take their keys, and organize a ride for them if necessary.
  • If you’re hosting a gathering, be responsible. Have non-alcoholic drinks available, and have the number of a taxi company ready. Watch your guests to see who might be drinking too much.

Do this, and your festive season will always be happy.

LifeSafer wishes you a safe and joyous holiday.

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