Thursday, December 22, 2011

With great fun, comes great responsibility

Most of you are kicking-into high Festive mode right about now. If you're like me, your parties are starting tonight and lasting through Christmas- lots of people to see, lots of food to eat, lots of places to go and lots of imbibing to do.
{My student days: We were enjoying a very College Christmas. I stayed the night to avoid drunk driving}

And with the imbibing, you have a responsibility to keep your butt out of the driver's seat of a vehicle. I often think convenience or denial (i.e. "I'm just tipsy!") can lead to a drunk person behind the wheel of a car. The intention is innocent enough, but the consequences can be so grave: at least a DUII, at most a fatality. As much as I don't want to kill anyone (or myself), I'm just as frightened at the notion of my Employer discovering a DUII on my record. Noooo thank you, the only thing they should note on my background check is that I am a lovely young lady with a healthy respect for the law.
{My Sister and I at a Holiday Party. I took a cab home to avoid drunk driving.}

But in all grave seriousness... my Dad showed me this public service announcement from the TAC (Australia) last year and I wanted to make a point to post it on my Blog this year. In 5-short minutes, they hone in an incredible message in a way that will most certainly resonate with you through the holiday weekend.

Please take the time to view this video right now-needs sound but it's work safe (and I know you don't care about doing any actual work at your desk this week... am I right, or am I right?) and is SO compelling. If the embedding isn't working- it is a clickable link here:


Ammmmmazing and powerful stuff, right?


You are too precious to lose. Please be safe, dear Friend.

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19 comments:

Erika said...

Short films like that totally freak me out; but are incredibly necessary for spreading awareness.

Have a safe and Happy Holiday, Caitlin! :)

Elle Sees said...

dang, and now i've bawled my eyes out! luckily, i'm not at work today. pinning this!

Little Ms. Fun said...

You are so right! Nothing is worth getting behind the wheel and driving. Your life or someone else's could be impacted forever! The thought of hurting someone else should be enough of a scare to stay off the roads with alcohol in your system. You're right about the job too. Who wants a DWI on their record?? Not me!

Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl said...

Watching the vid in a second! I also wanted to share something with you, not gonna say much about it, just watch :) It's a documentary movie trailer and the story is insane: http://vimeo.com/32440294

Mandee said...

oh now I'm getting all teary! thank you for the reminder, its so good to be reminded that you probably are more drunk than you think!

TheUrbanUmbrella said...

Hard to watch that video but it is the truth. Drinking & driving is so incredibly terrifying and such a huge problem - especially around the holiday season. I do not understand why people do not just find an alternative to getting home, we have all these alternative options (transit, taxi's) and yet some people are still opting to risk the drive home.


The Urban Umbrella
xoxo

Jessica Wray said...

I like this post :)

p.s. that first picture is epic

Tina said...

awesome post! its true! lots of us are all about enjoying the holidays [and the drinks at them holiday parties] but i think its way more important to stay cautious and make sure you stick around for the next holiday! that commercial is crazy! so scary to watch but good for posting it! :)

Kim's Vanity said...

Caitlin, I seriously have tears in my eyes after watching this. So profound. It's so scary how fast lives are changed due to a few careless decisions. Thanks for posting.

Tangled In Texas said...

Great post! In my job (that I just quit), I saw SO many people w/ DWIs. So sad! Not to mention that you could hurt other people, not just yourself.

rinniez said...

wonderful timing with this one! planning to do a similar post very soon actually. remember the girl i was in a car crash with? well she just got done for drink driving! karma!!!
soooo excited for you and the boy to move in together!!!!!!! and loveeeeeeeee the new camera, can't wait to see all the lovely photos that come from it.
Sorry haven't been able to comment much, the parentals STILL have the slowest internet in the world lol.
merry christmas caitlin!
hope you have a wonderful day.
can't wait to see what is in store for us both in 2012!!!
:)
xx

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

so true!! safety is so important...enjoy your imbibing and with a DD ;)

inHERshoes said...

yes, love this post. friends don't let friends drive drunk. please and thank you.

Johanna said...

A very good reminder. Scary stuff!

Kara said...

Love this post! I'm always really obnoxious about my friends drinking and driving...I'm that friend going I'LL DRIVE! I'LL DRIVE! even if it means I don't drink so they'll be safe. It's the mama bear in me!

(p.s. loooove all your "vintage" comments on my posts this week! Made me smile :)

| C AND C | Sarmin said...

I had to stop the video at 3:15...
Even tho I live 20 mins away from the bars I go to, alot can happen in those 20 mins. & plus when I am drinking, I am beyond paranoid anyways, that in no way I can drive myself home. It freaks me out when I know people that drive drunk/high.

Happy Christmas Eve/Merry Christmas caitlin!

xo SARMIN

Harriet said...

Wow. That was horrifying to watch. Thanks for putting it up.

Slamdunk said...

Thanks for sharing Miss Caitlin and sorry it took me so long to get over here and take a look.

I had not seen that video before, and it is powerful. This is a message that can never be shouted enough.

mirmirfosho said...

Holy. $hit. Thanks for sharing that.