Were You Safe On the Road This Thanksgiving? Thank These People.
Today is the day we express our thanks for what we have. At LifeSafer, we want to say thanks to the people that make a difference not just in our lives but in everyone’s: the people who fight drunk driving.
So this Thanksgiving our gratitude goes to:
- Activists who stump for more effective drunk driving laws. In particular, organizations like MADD that constantly raise our awareness of the dangers of drunk driving, and whose effort have saved lives by the thousand
- Legislators who take the position – at times an unpopular one -that laws are at the root of social change, and that social change is necessary if drunk driving is to be reduced. 30 states now have laws mandating ignition interlocks for all DUI offenses, a measure which prevents a vast amount of repeat drunk driving. Changes like that don’t happen on their own – it takes the commitment of enlightened lawmakers.
- Victims and victims’ families who have turned the injuries they have faced from drunk driving into a commitment to fight against drunk driving, so that others don’t have to suffer the consequences of this preventable crime.
- Law enforcement and courts, who take drunk drivers off the road and who work to keep them from reoffending
- Counseling and rehab personnel, who help impaired drivers deal with some of the personal issues and problems that lead to drunk driving
- Government transportation agencies that help create and popularize campaigns for educating people about drunk driving
Because of these people, there were many fewer drunk drivers on the road than there were 20, 30, or 40 years ago, and as a result, we’re all that much more likely to get home safely after a big family celebration. For that, we thank you sincerely.