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MADD Speech, Park Avenue Treatment Center

  • Earl Browne Heritage Center 6155 Earle Brown Drive Brooklyn Center, MN, 55430 United States (map)

Overcoming Impaired-Driving through LOVE & FORGIVENESS is my objective.  Fear of consequences does not go far enough.  We all know the potentially dire consequences of being impaired and driving.  

Simply put, because most truths are simple, if you love someone, you will not hurt them (at least not on purpose).  If you love yourself, you will not hurt yourself, either, by placing yourself in harm's way.

Is getting behind the wheel while impaired an act of love?

Love itself is the answer to ending impaired-driving, as I see it, but only when it rises to the level of CONSCIOUS LOVE.  Parents LOVE their children, but the #1 killer of children who die in alcohol-impaired crashes in the USA, died at the hands of the ones who have the easiest access to them, the ones who love them the most, which is the parents.  Because love didn't go far enough, we need to place emphasis on the need for CONSCIOUSNESS & LOVE.  This means we need to RAISE OUR AWARENESS, think & feel on a higher level, one so powerful that we make a decision to preserve love BEFORE we party.  Make the decision to get a sober driver while you are sober, i.e., before the party, not after you are impaired.  Make love so powerful in your lives that it's impossible to get behind the wheel while impaired.  

Conscious love is powerful, but only when it's used.  Me, I would have cactus that would die of thirst when I was living the party life.  Partying lowered my ability to love myself and others in a higher consciousness, meaningful way.  

If you drive impaired and kill someone, "I didn't mean to do it" (a form of unconsciousness) doesn't go far enough.  That's what kids say and occasionally, I'll hear someone who claims to be an adult say it.  Yes, I killed someone while driving impaired, and yes, I didn't mean to do it.  But I also didn't mean to drive sober!

Impaired driving can be avoided.  It's COMPLETELY preventable.  The death count can stop, but only if we learn to live on purpose.  

Earlier Event: February 22
MADD Ramsey/Washington Victim Impact Panel
Later Event: February 28
MADD Speech at Club Recovery