If you’ve managed to stay in Step all year, then congratulate yourself -you have reached the 12th month and —Step 12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

This month the critical message we should carry to others is to alert them of the Deadly Dangers During the holidays—the 3D’s—Drunk and Drugged Driving.

According to the National Day Calendar, The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is described by the National Association of Drug Court Professionals as “One of the deadliest and most dangerous times on America’s roadways due to an increase in impaired driving.” This month we are all encouraged to drive sober, and defensively.

Accidents caused by driving under the influence are, of course, totally preventable. Please, please remember when you attend holiday parties and other get-togethers to follow these life-saving tips.

  1. Always plan ahead. Designate a sober driver, and arrange for an alternative route home just in case.
  2. If you are a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or even friend, talk to your loved ones to remind them how important it is to be responsible and stay safe.
  3. If you are the one hosting the party, always offer a non-alcoholic option for drinks for your guests so they can still have a good time eating and drinking with everyone else!

What caring safety guidelines can you add to help prevent a traffic accident that should not happen?

If like me, you’ve had a spiritual awakening as a result of these Steps, then you will relate to the wisdom in trusting our Higher Power to help us through life one step at a time—one day at a time.

But the Lord can be trusted to make you strong and protect you from harm (2 Thessalonians 3:3 CEV).