Viewpoint: December 24, 2008 - WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge, Louisiana News, Weather, Sports

Viewpoint: December 24, 2008

In just a few days we will be in the heart of the holiday season. With that comes the usual get-togethers and parties with co-workers, family, and friends. It is a time that we show our love and friendship for each other. During these get-togethers and parties, there are some of us who indulge a little too much. That indulgence can lead to tragedy. Drunk drivers kill literally thousands of people every year on our nation's highways, that's a hard cold fact.

Another fact is that this is the time of year that those numbers spike. Every year, you see and hear the public service campaigns about not becoming a statistic. That word, "statistic" sounds pretty sterile and cold, doesn't it? But the hard reality is that when one of us becomes a statistic, it means that one or more families will be heart-broken.

This year, give a very special present to your friends and family by taking the personal responsibility of not drinking and driving one step further. If you see a friend or family member over indulging, do not let them get in a car to drive. Call them a cab, or take them home yourself. You may be concerned about possibly creating a scene or an embarrassing moment, but don't let that stand in your way of saving one or more families from heart ache. The absolute best gift any of us can give to each other is the gift of life. From all of us here at WAFB, please have a safe and a blessed Christmas.
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