Vail Daily column: Celebrating our designated drivers |

Vail Daily column: Celebrating our designated drivers

It seems that we can find a top 10 list or the top 10 reasons to do just about anything these days. I mean everything from places to live, cars to purchase, gadgets to own, rationale to drink coffee or tea, favorite vacation spots and so many more. If you have ever caught a David Letterman show, there was a Top 10 list every night usually designed to make a satirical point.

Now with the holidays upon us, I thought I would encourage us all to drink responsibly and if we are going to take advantage of the festivities and celebrate with our favorite spirits, to not just consider having a designated driver, but to make the commitment and ensure that we have a designated driver or safe ride home whether it is a taxi, bus or chauffeured ride of some kind.

Maybe it’s our turn to be the DD, the designated driver, or maybe it’s someone else’s turn, but either way, let’s not just celebrate the season, let’s celebrate the fact that we are driving safely and soberly and celebrate all of the DDs out there, especially during this time of year.


So here it goes, the Top 10 List/Reasons to Celebrate Having a Designated Driver:

10. Bragging rights (That’s right, I have a designated driver, don’t you?)

9. Convenience of a ride anywhere we need to go (Isn’t it really all about convenience?)

8. Others will see us as really, really smart (women and men both love the DDs)

7. Eliminate the worry about how we will get home (or waking up in some very strange place)

6. Freedom to celebrate as we would like to this year (jail time is not freedom)

5. Respect from our peers (R.E.S.P.E.C.T. equals coolness!)

4. Avoidance of expensive tickets, legal fees and fines (if you can’t pay the fine, don’t do the crime)

3. Avoidance of jail time (freedom is not jail time)

2. We live to celebrate another day (party on!)

And the No. 1 reason is …

1. Safety for ourselves and everyone else on the road (Every day is a good day, just try missing one)


If we really take a look at the list above, wouldn’t you agree that we should do everything we can to celebrate and appreciate our DDs? I am not sure about you, but I have the utmost respect for the person who volunteers to be the safety net and make sure that their family and friends arrive home safely. I also have immense respect for the people who are smart enough to plan in advance to have a designated driver in their group when they plan on partying.


Parties happen, partying takes place, over indulging is a given in some cases as we celebrate during the holiday season or really at any time of year. And I am amazed and truly appreciative of the people who recognize that they have had too much and leave their car in the parking lot or at a friend’s house, call a taxi or arrange another ride, and come back in the next day or two to pick up their car. What a great decision and definitely one worth celebrating as we celebrate.

According to CDOT, there have already been 435 traffic related fatalities here in Colorado in 2014, with 150 of those fatal accidents involving alcohol. There are still a couple of weeks to go, so let’s not invite any more unwanted tragedy into our lives and into our communities. Instead, let’s celebrate, appreciate and love on our designated drivers.

How about you? Are you up for some partying this holiday season? And if so, do you have your DD plan in place?

I would love to hear all about your designated driver plans at, and when we all take the time to make our roads safer, it really will be a better than good holiday season.

Michael Norton is a strategic consultant, business and personal coach and motivational speaker, and CEO of He writes a weekly motivational column for the Vail Daily.

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