Your Life, Your Choice
Choices to think about:
- Always have ID on you. This is important to have on you at all times, so that it is available in case of an emergency. You don’t want to be a “John or Jane Doe.”
- When you go out, make sure that you have a plan to get home safe. Sometimes this means having a Plan “B” in case the first plan doesn’t work out?
- Being the designated driver (DD) comes with responsibilities. It is important to that all of your passengers get home safely. Do not drop them off and drive away. Make sure that they go into the house, and they are able to take care of themselves, or there is someone who can take care of them.
- Not wearing a seatbelt is against the law, and for good reason. If there is a crash, anyone not wearing seatbelts will be thrown inside or sometimes outside the car, this can cause injury to themselves and others. The best defence is to make it your rule that all passengers must buckle up while in your vehicle. No exceptions.
- Wearing your seatbelt properly is extremely important:
- For once in your life don’t share! Never buckle two people into a seatbelt. If you’re in a crash, the force will cause both passengers to be thrown violently against each other.
- Did you know? – It is illegal to carry more passengers in your vehicle than there are seatbelts.
- Never flip the shoulder belt under your arm. Doing this causes the seatbelt to not work correctly if you are involved in a crash. The lap belt will then be pressed into your abdomen and could cause serious internal injuries.
- Always pour your own drink and don’t lose sight of it.
- Multitasking, regardless of what you are doing, results in one of the tasks not getting your full attention. This could result in errors being made, which could have lasting consequences.
- Mixing alcohol with energy drinks is a bad idea. The high levels of caffeine in these drinks can boost your heart rate and blood pressure, causing your heart to beat out of control and other heart related problems. Mixing alcohol (a depressant) with energy drinks (a stimulant) can result in mixed messages in your brain, i.e. the symptoms of drunkenness may be reduced – but not the drunkenness. This could result in tricking people into thinking that they are not that drunk when they really are, and causing them to take greater risks and make poor choices.
It’s tough out there. You will have many new experiences and opportunities coming your way. You might have to make some difficult decisions and choices.
Make choices you can live with!
Adapted from: P.A.R.T.Y. Program Calgary