Welcome ..

norm_xmas.jpgPull up a seat and take a load off.
The bar is over there, help yourself.

I started this blog for a number of very practical and very personal reasons. I’m a partner in Arrive Alive (http://www.arrivealive.biz/), the North American distributor of the world’s only ISO Certified Disposable Alcohol Breathtester. Through my work with Arrive Alive I’ve done a considerable amount of research and news-gathering and felt there was a need for a single location where visitors could turn to for information on Alcohol and Anti-DUI Strategies. I also felt such a site shouldn’t be fueled by anti-alcohol rhetoric nor should it be a formal part of a commercial website. With that, this site was born.

My position is decidedly anti-driving, not anti-drinking. When you go out, have a safe-ride-home strategy and have that extra drink without worrying about running into a checkstop on the way home.

Anyone reading this who knew me “back in the day” will likely chuckle at the irony that I’m hosting this blog. Believe me my ears are burning: I’ve more than my share of party stories. A coin flip usually decided who would do the driving. I’d like to think I’ve evolved since then.

I welcome your constructive comments, submissions. I’d like this blog to a comprehensive resource where people can quickly be brought up to speed on the following areas:

Alcohol Liability — in today’s litigation-happy world this is a big deal.

Anti DUI Strategies — whether it be a law enforcement strategy,  a school-based or community-based program I’d love to hear about it.

Statistics I can hear the rallying cry “lies, damn lies and statistics”. However, if you have some pertinent statistics on DUI Rates and fatalities I’d like to hear them. After all, nearly 17,000 people died in 2005 from drinking-and-driving. I find it alarming to learn how many kids under 14 were killed.

Responsible Promotions – do you know of a company / organization that has done a particularly good responsible drinking campaign. I’d like to feature them.

These are just ideas that have come to me today. If you have ideas, let’s here them.

Another drink? Help yourself. You’re not driving are you?

9 Responses to Welcome ..

  1. Anonymous says:

    Was having a conversation with a friend and this person has a son (18) who owns a vehicle but does not have, nor has ever had, a driver’s license. Would you know what kind of penalty the son and/or father who be subject to if the son was charged with a DUI?

    Thanks for any info…

  2. nadams says:

    I did some follow up, this inquiry comes from Canada. I’ll check it out …

  3. newhoosier says:

    Do you not offer commentary on these stories?

  4. nadams says:

    Hi Newhoosier;

    Good point. The one aspect of this blog that I’m particularly challenged with is finding the time to comment. Looking at my stats — I’ve commented on less than 10 percent of the stories. Thanks for the nudge.

  5. newhoosier says:

    No, problem. It just seemed like commentary is where you can make a difference. People know that these things happen, but maybe your words will help people realize why they should be responsible drinkers.

    Maybe put all stories from one day in a single post and comment a sentence or three on each of them, or comment on the one most important story and merely provide the links to the others.

    Hey, I’m not trying to tell you how to run your site. Like I said, I think your commentary would be the difference, as opposed to merely “reporting the news.”

    Hope that helps.

  6. Trish says:

    Great changes to the site – 110% improvement – very ‘professional’ looking! Keep up the good work.

  7. Beth says:

    I’m impressed with your site and I wanted to let you know about an article on minimizing your risk of being hit by a drunk driver. You can read it here:
    http://www.driversedguru.com/driving-articles/alcohol-drugs-and-driving/how-to-minimize-the-risk-of-being-hit-by-a-drunk-driver/

  8. Kerry says:

    Hi,

    My name is Kerry. I’m the Development Coordinator for RideOn Portland. We are anti-drunk driving non profit located in Portland, OR. We provide designated drivers at an affordable of only $10. This means you and your car can get safely home. Like you and this site, we are not anti-drinking and completely non-judgmental regarding such behaviors. Please feel free to check out our website at http://www.RideOnPortland.org for further information.
    Obviously, in order to maintain this low cost additional monies are necessary. I was wondering if you had any suggestions on foundations or government grants available.

    Thanks for your help!

    Sincerely,
    Kerry Hoeschen
    Development Coordinator
    RideOn Portland
    http://www.RideOnPortland.org

  9. Richard Holl says:

    I took a what I think is a new slant on this tragedy in the hope I can help everyone understand the magnitude of the tragedy that took Rick Adenharts life.

    Take some time to read my story but more importantly take some time to think about your story and just maybe we can get enough energy into finally doing something about the problem.

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