Buzzed Driving IS Drunk Driving

St. Patricks Day, a day that is thought of so differently between adults and children. While many of the children are thinking leprechaun's, many of the adults are thinking about where they are going to go party and get their drink on. Personally, I do not drink and I feel very strongly about those who drink and drive at the same time. As a mother as well, I am so tired hearing about drunk drivers who hurt or even kill others and they always seem to be the ones unharmed. I can seriously go on and on about how I personally feel, although I want to get the main message across in this post. Many who work full time will be heading out to happy hour after work or meeting up later that night for drinks, while at the same time many of us are running errands with our children. You may think that a couple drinks will not hurt and may not affect you. Buzzed driving is drunk driving!

I am urging all of you to please plan ahead - if you are going out in a group - designate one person to not drink, and if you going out alone or with a friend - plan on taking a cab home that night. Even if you will not be celebrating this St. Patricks Day, keep in mind that in 2008, 1,179 people in other vehicles were killed in crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers. To learn more about the impact buzzed driving can have on a life, please watch this important video about the personal and financial repercussions of getting a DUI

Remember: Buzzed driving IS drunk driving. Plan ahead and ask your loved ones to do the same. For more information visit Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving on Facebook and Twitter (

**Disclosure: This is part of a campaign through Global Influence and The National Traffic Safety Administration, as well as the AD Council to help bring awareness that buzzed driving is drunk driving.