Here’s a great anti-drinking PSA from Massachusetts. I was a bit taken aback by the bluntness of it, considering I found it on a recording of a Saturday morning cartoon broadcast. I don’t remember hearing the word ‘ass’ — or even the word ‘freaking’ for that matter — being thrown around too often between my Smurfs and Muppet Babies back in the day. Maybe they do things a little differently up in New England. But the ad definitely gets its point across: If you’re going to be an obnoxious lush, do it at home so you don’t ruin everyone else’s fun.
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Here’s another of the more iconic spots from the ’80s, a very simple, straight-forward way to tell us ‘Don’t Drink and Drive.’ I remember being taken aback by the violent glass-crashing of this PSA as a youngster very well. In fact, this spot was probably a little too effecitve on my young, impressionable mind as I was convinced any drinking behind the wheel would result in certain death. Imagine the shock and terror I experienced at the sight of my father navigating our family vehicle down the highway with Pepsi Free in hand, completely shunning the TV narrator’s warning about the deadly results drinking and driving were sure to bring. ‘Why did the sadistic bastards at General Motors even put cup holders in their cars in the first place?’ I wondered. Were they trying to kill us all? Thankfully, after some clarification from my parents about good drinks and bad drinks — and several months of therapy — I better understood.
It’s no Superstition(1) — drunk driving will kill you. So if a buzzed friend wants to get behind the wheel, take the Higher Ground(2) and take the keys. Be smart and drive safely, or be stupid and die — the differences are as stark as Ebony and Ivory(3). Look, I don’t know you from Adam… or Sir Duke(4), but I Just Blogged to Say I Love You(4.5) and I don’t want you to maim yourself or any other innocent people like me by driving intoxicated. Have the courage to say For Once In My Life(5) I’m going to do the right thing and take a stand against drunk driving. Isn’t She Lovely(6).