Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Date Rape Drug & Drinking and Driving

Today's post is going to be non nail related, but regarding two very serious issues. Come back tomorrow for nails, but hopefully you will stay with me and read on.

This weekend there was a local situation where high school girls were apparently drugged on school grounds. There is a lot more to this story, but this is the main driving force. This is a scary thought for me. I am the mother of three girls. I was raised by a mother who always instilled in me to never let someone buy you a drink and if you put the drink down, even for a second, forget about that drink and go buy yourself another one. I am raising my girls with the same theory. But now all of the sudden, I have to extend this to school. I never even thought about school being a danger. I guess that is naive on my part, but it just never entered my mind that some boy would try to drug my child on school property! I can't even say how lucky I feel that this wasn't my daughter last weekend. It is just sheer luck. It could have been any one's daughter in this situation. Knowing the facts that I know, I wholeheartedly believe this. That is very scary to me. So to all the women who follow this blog, watch your drinks. They don't need to be alcoholic beverages, keep your eyes on them. If you put them down, leave them alone. Don't accept drinks from people unless you are watching the drink being made. If you are a teenager, remember that you are not immune. Please try to keep yourselves safe.

The second situation that happened less than a mile from my home this weekend was yet another drinking and driving accident. From what I understand, the driver was a 17 year old boy who had been out partying all night celebrating his birthday. His passenger a 16 year old boy was killed when the driver crashed into a cement column on the side of the road. Nothing infuriates me more than people who drink and drive. There is absolutely no reason for this. There are so many options, walk, take a cab, call someone. Do anything besides getting behind the wheel of a car. I don't care if you are an adult or a teenager, I just don't understand people's ignorance to drinking and driving. These two just shouldn't mix. Why is this so hard for people to understand? Why do people insist that they are OK to drive? How lazy is someone to not pick up the phone and call someone. Better safe than sorry! I have called my husband before when I felt fine, but had just two drinks. I am not about to take that chance and put my life or someone else's in danger. I think it is just ignorance on someones part to think it is OK and that they are fine. Is it really worth your life or someone elses?

OK, I am going to get off my soap box for now. I just can't stop thinking of the weekend's events and how close to home they were. It saddens me that these are the worries I have to have while raising three girls. I am sorry for the parents that are dealing with the fall out of their beautiful daughter's being slipped drugs and the loss of a son. I am sad for friends of these kids who are left to pick up the pieces and try to make sense of what has happened. I will leave you with some links that I think can be helpful. Stay safe my friends.

http://www.madd.org/Drunk-Driving/Drunk-Driving/Statistics.aspx

http://www.coalitionagainstviolence.ca/resources/TheTruthAboutDateRape.pdf

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