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Don't Drink and Drive: Have a designated driver!

Wendy . Blog Published 17 June 2009

Do you drink and drive? PLEASE DON'T

Haven't you seen enough of those car accidents on the News? Haven't you or your friends or your family been in accidents? Don't the statistics mean anthing to you?

You took driver's training. They showed you films of accidents, trying to scare you enough to make you a good careful driver. Did you see the one about a high school graduation in the US: The kids are happy, talking about their future. They go to their all-night party, have a great time and drink too much. The next scene was at the morgue. Two of them never saw the next day.

In Spain the police set up check-points, especially on Friday and Saturday nights. We also have a point system. Most of the rules are pretty basic:

Wear your seat belt.

Don't use your cell phone while driving

Stay below the speed limit


Let me tell you my story. One Saturday night I was coming home from our annual Christmas party. I got stopped by the police at a check point. Normally they do a spot check, flag down a few cars and let the others go by. This time they stopped everyone. I had to do the breathalizer test. Fortunately I'd only had a glass of wine 3 hours earlier. I was still worried that I wouldn't pass that test. As the policeman told me what to do, a camera man with a huge light stuck his camera in my face. I passed the test. I didn't get aDUI. I didn't argue about being filmed, and continued on my way. The next day I got an email from the owner of the restaurant who had been a student of mine here at the UEM. He asked if I was OK. He'd seen me on the news! Don't drink and drive. STAY SAFE.....STAY ALIVE. Don't get into a car with a driver who's been drinking. Don't let him/her drive to begin with. Be tough. Be insistent.

Young people, and not very young people, and even old people need to name a "DESIGNATED DRIVER" when they're out. A couple of beers or glasses of wine, a shot of tequila or a pint of Guinness....STAY OUT OF THE DRIVER'S SEAT. Take turns being the designated driver. There are 4 or 5 of you in the gang: one of you can have a Coke or some other soft drink. Big Deal! Be responsible for your friends and stay sober.
It's really scary to be in a car with a driver who's drunk too much. Maybe nothing happens and you get home safely. Maybe there's just a little swerving from lane to lane. Maybe a door flies open and you're almost thown out. Maybe there's an "accident" and someone gets injured or killed.

Don't drink and drive!

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This is a coaster I was given in a bar in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Dublin. Everyone was drinking Guinness, except one who had a coke. What a great idea!

Scare: frighten, asustar
The morgue: the place the dead are taken, el deposito
Seat belt: strap used in cars and planes, cinturón de seguridad
Cell phone: portable phone, mobile
Breathalizer: breath analizer, test de alcol en sangre, te hacen soplar
DUI: driving under the influence, conducir bajo la influencia

Be tough: hard, adamant decidido, duro
Designated driver: one who doesn’t drink conductor que NO bebe alcohol
Take turns: alternate turnar
Big deal: gran problem ¿y qué?
Gang: group of friends pandilla
Scary: frightening da miedo
Swerving: swinging
Injured: hurt herido
Coaster: table protector , posa vasos

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Comments (1)
EMiLiO (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:29 pm Reply

I LIKED the coaster, I think it's a great idea to give away free cokes to the "designated drivers" in a group. It's a very good initiative.

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