I celebrate Independence Day each year with fireworks -- and a touch of sadness: The Fourth of July would be my own mother's birthday, except that she was killed 45 years ago by a drunk driver.
She was the first driver off a green light when the other car sped through a red light and tee-boned her car, killing her instantly, leaving my father a widow and her four children without their mother. I was not quite four years old, but my brother and sisters were old enough to remember the policeman who came to our home to tell us the bad news. They also remember her funeral, though I have no memories of the event, or any of my mother who was taken away before she even turned 28 years old.
On July 4, as our country celebrates its freedom, our freedom of choice seems wonderfully endless. Tri-tip or Chicken? Brownies or cupcakes? If you’re an adult of legal drinking age will you choose soda or beer? Lemonade or a cocktail? And if you choose the latter, will you drive yourself home or be driven by someone else?
Lots of prep work goes into making memorable Independence Day celebrations, but don’t forget that planning your way home or making sure your guests have safe options to get home after the party ends is part of your civic duty. AskPatty joins with the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility in reminding you to celebrate your Fourth of July with safe choices.
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