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July 02, 2009

A Reminder to Not Drive Drunk This Fourth of July

The Century Council sent me an innovative eCard for the July 4th holiday that reminds viewers to stay safe this Independence Day and not drive drunk.   Click below to start the video, or you can also view the eCard here at The Century Council.

I first learned about The Century Council and its efforts to stop underage drinking when we reported on the organization's support of Brandon Silveria and his "Make the Right Choice"  Program. The Century Council is a national not-for-profit organization funded by distillers dedicated to fighting drunk driving and underage drinking; through educational efforts such as the Silveria lecture and video program, The Century Council educates students across the country about the hazards of underage drinking and driving.

The special Fourth of July eCard demonstrates some activities that might happen on a typical July 4th day - a burger flips on a grill, a flag waves, somebody tosses a horseshoe. But it ends with images of what happens when someone has too much to drink, gets in their car, and puts lives in danger.

Perhaps you or somebody you know has been affected by a drunk driver? Just over 15 years ago, my husband lost control of his Corvette on a mountain road after a few beers and died instantly of a head injury. He was just 38 and left me a widow with young children to raise. Not long after that, I was hit by a drunk driver with five children in her car while returning with my own children from a family Thanksgiving celebration.  The moment of that impact will be imbedded in my soul forever: Three of her five child passengers were killed instantly. The woman driver killed her only daughter and all three of her sister's children. She survived along with a two-year-old in a car seat and one other young boy cousin.

I hope this eCard will serve as a reminder to all our readers to stay safe this Fourth of July (and every day) and NEVER drive drunk. If you click on the link to view the eCard at the Century Council,  it will also allow you to send the eCard to a friend, and even post it to your Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Have a happy and safe Fourth of July from all of us at AskPatty!

Jody-devere_president_askpatty Jody DeVere
President and CEO

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