Staying safe is a full time job and in all the hustle bustle of the holidays it’s easy to get caught up in the flow and lose sight of the big picture. Although I tend to avoid public service types of messages in the Blog, I decided to make an exception after I had a chance to view a safe driving video that made it’s way through cyber-space to my desktop via the medical examiner’s office and the Kent Police.
It’s not everyday (thankfully) that I get notes from the medical examiner’s office so when I got this one recently, I read it. The medical examiner said that the video was “Very graphic, very sobering, very effective. More folks should see this.” It turned out to be a powerful message about the fine line between life and death when you mix drinking and driving.
The video was produced in Australia so you might think there’d by some cultural differences but after watching the video it was pretty clear that life and death is the same down under as it is here in the states. The Aussies are renowned for their party tendencies so it’s probably no surprise that they struggle with drunk driving fears much like we do here in the states, and it seems that this video message was prepared for that very purpose.
I’m not necessarily a scared straight advocate but I’ve got enough friends in the Kent Fire and Police Departments to know how sobering the consequences of drinking and driving are even here in Kent. Our crews have seen some things none of us should have to see and phone calls have had to go out to parents that should never have to be made. Please, stay safe this holiday season.