The holidays are a festive time to spend with family and friends. We all want to have a good time, but not at the cost of taking a human life. Tweenhood was invited to attend the CAA R.I.D.E. Checks holiday launch last week and the message from police forces was loud and clear. If you drink and drive, you will be CAUGHT and prosecuted.
Parents tend to associate drinking and driving to teenage behaviour, and don’t necessarily think it affects them as they don’t yet have teens at home. But young children are impressionable, and look to imitate their parents. With the holiday season now in high gear and celebrations surround us, parents need to be reminded to drink responsibly, even if they are hosting a party at home and don’t need to get in a car and drive. It’s your responsibility as party host to ensure the safety of your guests, something you are not capable of doing if you’re inebriated. Kids learn from you. They see mom or dad doing it, so they assume it’s acceptable behaviour. Your actions speak louder than words.
Sadly, drinking and driving offences are preventable, yet each year, statistics tell a different story. Both young and old have to stop thinking they are infallible, because they’re not. There are choices. Arrive alive. Call a cab, have a designated driver in place, stay at a nearby hotel or have someone come pick you up. With the use of social media at an all time high, don’t be a jerk and tweet or Facebook R.I.D.E. locations. What good does that serve, other than to allow reckless drivers on the streets that can do fatal harm? Responsible citizens will once again receive the famous Rewards booklet, sponsored by CAA, upon passing the R.I.D.E. check.
That’s my rant, but the final words come from the police.
About Wendy Morelli
Wendy loves her 2 kids and her iPhone, not necessarily always in that order. She is an app obsessed mom who loves everything tech and is (unfortunately) old enough to remember the brick Motorola cell phone and the Commodore computer. Her love for technology stems back to the 10+ years of working for technology based companies. Wendy's alter ego, "AppHipMom" has been featured in Canadian Family, iVillage, Women in Biz, EverythingMom, BlogHer and Savvy Mom.