This morning, Marjo and I mentioned an article on, and the vigil that was held on Sunday at St. Stephen's Church on East St. in Pittsfield. It was to remember victims of drunken driving accidents.

In Massachusetts, drunken driving deaths are down significantly since 1980; however, intoxicated driving is still a major problem. Although sobriety checkpoints are legal in Massachusetts, it is still impossible to ensure every driver is below the legal limit of .08 BAC.

Even with available cab services, UBER, LYFT and designated drivers alike, people still get behind the wheel drunk. In fact, about one in every three traffic deaths in the U.S. involve a drunk driver.

I've heard people say to friends after drinking, "Are you OK to drive"? You don't have to be swerving all over the road to get pulled over to be over. Let's say, your taillight burns out on the way home from a restaurant, or you fail to stop completely at a stop sign, if you get pulled over and you're over the limit, it could cost you $10,000.

A person can consume two beers and be "drunk". Tolerance, alcohol content, weight, how much you've had to eat all play a factor. Keep it simple this holiday season and forever, DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE. You could kill yourself or someone else. Need a little motivation? Watch the video below.

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