Every TakePart party person knows that Memorial Day Weekend kicks off a summer-long season of barbecues, block parties and beachside blowouts.
In short, the next four months stretch out like a calendar of buzzes on the way. Here comes conviviality! Spontaneous mischief! Memories to last a lifetime!
Oops. Watch out for that DUI!
A lot of people arrested for drunk driving believe they are only buzzed. Unfortunately, buzzed impairs human reactions, judgment and perception in exactly the same manner that drunk does. If a buzzed person slithers in behind the wheel of a car and harms or kills themselves or another person, the consequences are every bit as dire as if that slithering driver had been fall down drunk.
The Ad Council has launched a Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving campaign. Its website asks you, the responsible buzzer, to take a pledge that begins, “I’m going to be smart; I won’t drive while buzzed.”
One flaw in the Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving campaign is that most of your friends who take the pledge are presumably not buzzed at that time. Later, when your friends are buzzed, their perspective on that pledge may change.
That’s where you come in. Appoint yourself to be the Contact High Guy (or Gal). Party with your buzzing friends like you always would; just don’t ingest any inebriants.
Then, when the party’s over, open your car doors and give your friends safe passage home. Who knows? One or two might even continue on to your place, purely out of gratitude that you’ve kept them out of jail, saved their lives and protected the world from their buzzed driving.
Just think of all the great memories of conviviality and good cheer that await at the September finish line.
Do you have a pledge of your own? Leave it in COMMENTS.