On this site I found a collection of lawsuits that are crazy, ridiculous, funny or all of the above. The one I happened to enjoy the most starts off in a wonderful office party, involves a bar, and a lack of self control. Here it is...
["Woman who drove drunk gets $300,000". An Ontario woman who got drunk
at an office party and crashed her car has successfully sued her
employer for allowing her to drive -- even though her company offered a
cab ride or accommodation if she gave up her keys. Linda Hunt, 52, won
more than $300,000 in damages and interest from Sutton Group Realty
Ltd., of Barrie, Ont., after arguing her boss should have stopped her
from driving home in a snowstorm following a 1994 Christmas party." The
judge assessed Hunt's damages from the resulting accident at C$1.2
million, but reduced that by three quarters to reflect her own fault in
the matter. He "went on to declare it the duty of employers to monitor
the alcohol consumption of employees at company functions. The decision
is expected to send a chill through offices across the country".
(Charlie Gillis, National Post (Canada), Feb. 6). Source -
Overlawyered.com] -from www.realpolice.net
Now I am all about trying to be a responsible host and keeping an eye on your guests and their alcohol consumption, as well as watching after friends to assist them when they need it. However, I strongly feel that, when it comes down to it, it's the responsibility of the individual and no one else. If someone gave me a hammer and I proceeded to hit myself in the face with it, could I sue the person who gave it to me claiming "he didn't tell me how to use it"? The sad part is I probably could! Nonetheless, when it comes to drinking and driving, I just think everyone needs to make themselves a plan for the night and stick with it. It's no one else's responsibility but your own. Not to mention the fact that the company offered her a cab ride or a place to stay! I understand the payment was decreased to "reflect her own fault in the matter" but it stills seems like too much. "Her own fault in the matter" was 100% ... I say just take the $1.2 million and decrease it by 100%, then pay her exactly that ... nothing.
There are many promotional products that great to use to promote "Don't Drink and Drive" that are available at Motivators. One idea I particularly like is one that seems to be on a t-shirt but I decided to put it on a promotional Brewery Glass. The message states "Beer. Now cheaper than gas! Drink. Don't Drive." The humor in this message makes it memorable but some of the most memorable ones are the most graphic ones. There are plenty of advertisements that show the effects of drinking and driving to attempt to stop people from doing so. You could also use promotional items from Motivators found in our Drunk Driving Awareness Giveaways section.
So, in conclusion, I certainly support the idea of spreading Drunk Driving Awareness and its affects as well as promoting the use of designated drivers, taxi cabs, or the use of a friend's living room couch (always best with a huge TV to watch and fall asleep to). However, in the end, it is the responsibility of the individual to plan ahead and make the right choice when it comes time. Often when that time comes, it much harder to make that right choice so planning ahead is always the best idea. Also ... stay in school.
This has been Deep Thoughts ... with Mike.