What is the most popular day in America associated with alcohol? New Year’s Eve and the Fourth of July probably come to mind first. However, both of those days fall short of “Blackout Wednesday” (or the day before Thanksgiving). I was just as shocked as you probably are. This year we want you to remember that drunk drivers do not discriminate when they get behind the wheel of a car. I don’t care how careful you are, you could be hit by a drunk driver. So, it’s up to all of us to spread the word in order to put an end to this nightmare.
As a person who sues drunk drivers for a living, I know what it is like to sit across the table from a family that just lost a loved one to a drunk driver, and I hate it. Despite all of my training and skills, I can’t bring their loved ones home. I feel helpless. I can seek justice, and compensate a family with money, but I can’t bring a loved one back to their family. I can’t fill that empty chair at the dinner table, and a pile of money won’t fill it either. It breaks my heart and it’s senseless.
Several months ago, Tom Marquardt (a long-time friend) and I had a discussion about drunk driving. I was telling him about my story, and Tom opened up about his experiences with drunk drivers, and we wondered how many other lives were touched by drunk driving. We also wanted to take a proactive approach to the problem. When someone makes the decision to get into the driver’s seat after a night of drinking, they’re gambling with people’s lives. They are risking their own life as well as everyone else’s on the roads. We know that they don’t discriminate. The wealthy and the poor, the young and the old — all are in danger.
We decided to develop an app that can literally save lives. The I’M DRUNK app is the easiest way to find a taxi or ride service in your area. Just two clicks and a list of local taxis and ride services appears. The I’M DRUNK app has been in development for six months, and now, we’re ready to spread the message. Our app is easy to use, and it’s FREE on the App Store and Google Play.
We never want anyone to miss a celebration, birthday, wedding, or holiday party. We want you to go out and have a good time with friends and family, knowing that you will always be able to call for a ride home when you decide it’s time to go. We don’t want to see one good night turn into a bad decision. We say, “Go out and have a good time! But, have a plan to get home safe.” Now, that plan is two clicks away.
Right now — before you forget! — get out your phone and download the I’M DRUNK app. Or log on to www.IMDRUNK. tech to learn more and share the app with your friends and family. You may be saving their lives. Tom and I know that we will never truly be able to gauge how many lives were saved by this app, but if our app saves just one life or prevents one person from making a terrible mistake, that’s a victory in our books.
Wishing you and your family a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving.