The sergeant on an old TV show called Hill Street Blues used to end every roll call and pre-shift meeting with the phrase, “Let’s all be careful out there.” That, dudes, is some pretty sound advice.
And never more so than right now. This is one of the most dangerous days of the whole year. And I don’t just mean that because it’s the last day of the year, either.
Well, right, it’s dangerous because it’s the last day of the year and people are celebrating. And by celebrating, I mean they’re going out on New Year’s Eve and getting gut-slobberingly drunk, inebriated past the point of being able to even coherently think about where the shore of sobriety used to be, own-name-forgetting blotto, lost beyond hope of ever finding your friends, and then they’re getting in a car and driving on to the next bar or to their home.
That, dudes, is a recipe for pure danger. Drinking and then getting behind the wheel, as you know being the good dads and dudes and moms and dudettes you all are, is not something anyone should do. Unfortunately, not everyone on the roads tonight or any night is going to be as wise or as sober as you when you’re behind the wheel.
New Year’s Even can be fun, but it’s even more fun when you have a designated driver and no-one else has to worry about how they’re going to get to the next place without wrecking the car. That’s never fun. Remember, if no one else will step up, you can go ahead and volunteer to be the dedicated driver. It’s not like missing one night of drinking will ruin your life. Whereas, drinking and driving can do a lot worse than just ruin your life. It can end it. It can end the lives of other people who never even heard of you.
It’s just a plain stupid thing to do.
The hard part is I know my young dudes won’t drink and drive. But I don’t know if they’re with it enough to not get into a car with their friends when someone else has been drinking. We’ve repeatedly told them that if anyone in their group has been drinking and they don’t feel safe, all they have to do is call us and we’ll come get them wherever they are, no repercussions. Now we just have to hope they’re smart enough to feel unsafe.
So it’s time for the New Year’s Eve celebration. Go out and have fun. But, dudes, let’s all be careful out there.