Those of you who have read my (mercifully infrequent) ramblings know that I have done remarkably stupid things on two wheels and four.
That I survived was a combination of good fortune and a semi-demented skill.
Sometimes, those things were done in a state of altered consciousness; I won't go into details. Although the statute of limitations has long since passed, being thought a complete idiot by my OS friends is not something I would cherish.
Mind you, I did do some smart things, too. For instance, early in my career, I was a crash-and-burn specialist. That meant that whenever someone was having his or her worst day, I was having one of my best. It was covering that sort of thing – along with some advice from a rally driver friend – that made me put seatbelts in my car, years before they were mandatory.
I long ago gave up driving under the influence. When I know I'm going to be drinking, I leave the car in the garage and walk to the nearest grog shop. If I do it at home, I won't go out anywhere, except perhaps on foot down the ravine in an effort to walk it off.
Why? Because it's the smart thing to do. It's not the cops with their RIDE (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) traffic stops: It's because I could kill or injure someone. Especially me. Call me selfish....
Today, The Redhead got the accompanying video from one of her cousins in Australia. It is hands down the best thing I've ever seen about impaired driving. Please take a few minutes and watch it. It's devastating, it's brutal and it's the truth.
Take it from someone who's seen the reality up close and personal: During this holiday season -- and any other time -- we need to remember.