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Karen Mertes’ Amazing Story, How She Gives Back.. and How You Can Too

Thinking about joining Karen Mertes for the 2018 Fulfill You Destiny Chari-Tea event? Check out this interview to find out her reason WHY —

That Business Show welcomed Karen Mertes, an honorably retired United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel with Fulfill Your Destiny. Karen has an amazing story. She suffered a massive car accident involving a drunk driver. Near death and with a massive brain injury, she vowed to help others if she survived, and that’s how Fulfill Your Destiny was created.

Fulfill Your Destiny is dedicated to helping others in our community become successful, or helping them out in order to give them the tools to live a better and happier life. Whether its helping a young child with school or giving a foster child their own car, Fulfill Your Destiny does some real good for the Tampa Bay community.


More about Karen and Fulfill Your Destiny at http://www.fulfillyourdestiny.org, or email her at karen@fulfillyourdestiny.org!

 

 

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Karen Mertes’ Story of Triumph Shared by MADD

Every day in America, another 29 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes. That’s one person every 50 minutes. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) picked up Karen Mertes’ story of triumph late last year and shared it with the world.

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Here is an excerpt from the MADD write-up on Karen Mertes:
“In every situation we have a choice, to stay a victim or become victorious despite all odds. I chose to be better, not bitter.” The driver that made the choice to drink and drive and injured Karen, continued to make choices that harmed him. Before the Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) results came back, he fled the state. The news was heart breaking. As she continued to face new challenges head-on and find ways to embrace her TBI, the person that caused so much pain and suffering chose to flee his problems and not be accountable for his actions.”
For the entire article, click here: https://www.madd.org/blog/karen-mertes/

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NYE Drinking and Driving Statistics – Share with your family & friends before they head out to celebrate!

When it comes to drinking, driving should never be an option. Before you get behind the wheel this NYE after a few drinks think again. It is a commonly known fact that there are more alcohol related car accidents on New Year’s Eve than most other nights. Compared to the average weekend night, the 12-hour window between 6 p.m. on Dec. 31 and 6 a.m. on Jan. 1 tends to have about 71% more crashes where alcohol or drugs are listed as a contributing factor.

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  • With an average of 140 deaths (based on statistics from 2002 to 2008), New Year’s Day is the second most deadly day for drivers
  • January 1st is the day of the year with the highest percent of deaths related to alcohol from 2008-12
  • Number of people killed in drunk driving crashes in New Year’s 2013: 140
  • Number expected to be killed this New Year’s: 156

Check out myths on drunk driving debunked here!


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Think You Can Beat a Breathalyzer? Check out these myths!

When it comes to drinking, driving should never be an option. Before you get behind the wheel this holiday season after a few drinks and think you have some hacks to beat a breathalyzer test – think again. Here are three debunked myths on how to beat a breathalyzer test —

Myth: When it comes to penalties, it’s better to not submit to a breathalyzer

Fact: Most states have what’s called an ‘Implied Consent’ law. That means by accepting a drivers license in your state, you agree to submit to a breath, blood, or urine test if a police officer suspects you of drinking and driving. If you refuse to submit to the breathalyzer, you could receive an additional charge and still lose your drivers license or be required to install an ignition interlock device.

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Myth: Hyperventilating before you submit to a breathalyzer will affect your results and give you a lower blood alcohol concentration (BAC)

Fact: It’s impossible to alter the reading of a breathalyzer by breathing in a different way, just like hyperventilating before you breath into an ignition interlock will affect whether you pass or fail.

Myth: After I sleep off the alcohol, I’ll be OK to drive

Fact: If you drink approximately 5 drinks all in a row and you fall asleep for 5 hours, when you wake up you would most likely still blow over the legal limit on a breathalyzer. Why? You’d have to wait 10 hours to fully metabolize 5 alcohol drinks, so going to sleep is no guarantee you won’t be drunk when you wake up.

Check out the rest of the myths on drunk driving debunked here!


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Holiday Season Drinking Dangers | Cracking Drinking Myths

As we’re gearing up for the holiday season, parties are being held and drinks are being poured. Resist the urge to drive home after having “just a few” this holiday season. Don’t put your life and the lives of others in your hands by getting behind the wheel.

Here are 11 facts about drinking and driving from dosomething.org

  1. Impairment is not reliant upon the type of alcohol consumed, rather the number of drinks over a certain period of time. Despite myths and misconceptions, coffee, a cold shower, or exercise will not make a person more sober; only time will.
  2. On average, a drunk driver will drive 80 times under the influence before their first arrest.
  3. Every 51 minutes in America, someone is killed in a drunk driving crash. That equates to 27 people every day. Offer to be your parents’ designated driver to ensure that everybody gets home safe. Sign up for Parents Ride Shotty.
  4. For drivers under 21, the U.S. has a No Tolerance policy that does not allow any alcohol to be in the blood system while behind the wheel. The consequences could include expensive fines, loss of license or jail.
  5. Someone is injured in a drunk driving incident every 120 seconds.drunk_driving
  1. In 2011, 9,878 people were victims of drunk drivers.
  2. Between 50 to 75% of the people who have had their licenses revoked due to driving under the influence drive illegally without their license.
  3. Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for teens, and roughly 1/3 of these accidents involve alcohol or another substance.
  4. Since the early 1980s, alcohol-related traffic deaths per population have been cut in half with the greatest proportional declines among persons 16-20 years old.
  5. In 2010, of the fatalities among children ages 14 and younger, 17 percent occurred in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes.
  6. Kids and teens who get involved with alcohol at a young age are 7 times more likely to be involved in an alcohol-related crash in their lives.

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The Sobering Look Behind The Effects of Drunk Driving

Not many people think about what could happen when they drive drunk. You could not only ruin your live, but the lives of those in your vehicle and ones that you could possible have a collision with.

According to the CDC, about 1 in 3 traffic deaths in the United States involve drunk drivers. From 2003-2012, 8,476 drunk driving deaths occurred in the state of Florida. Although sobering statistics have the power to encourage better choices in drivers, sometimes putting a face to the figures is much more effective, and real.

karen-mertes-jacqui-saburidoTake the story of Jacqueline Saburido for example, who was burned alive by a drunk driver. Jacqueline is one of the most popular faces for drunk driving.

On September 19th, 1999, 20-year-old Jacqueline was involved in a fatal car crash along with four other friends. The group of friends were leaving a birthday party when their car was hit head-on by an 18-year-old drunk driver, who was traveling home after partying with friends.

The car in which Jacqueline rode in caught fire, causing her to suffer third degrees burns over 60% of her body. The burns were so severe that she experienced the loss of her skin, hair, nose, ears, and much of her vision. Altogether, she had endured over 120 operations.

Two of her friends were killed in the crash.

karen-mertes-jacqui-saburido-2Since being severely burned and disfigured in the crash, Jacqueline has bravely shared her story across America. In 2003, she made her first television appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, giving new meaning to what it means to be beautiful from the inside out.

She was later revealed as one of Oprah’s all-time favorite guests, of the 30,000 individuals she’s interviewed throughout the years. Her story continues to inspire many.

Jacqueline is not only the face of drunk drinking, but the face of survival.


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3 Ways a DUI Will Destroy Your Career

As if driving under the influence and the chance to injuring or taking a life other than your own isn’t enough to stop you from drinking and driving – here are 3 ways a DUI can destroy or damage your career:

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  1. Suspended license: If your license is suspended and you don’t get an exemption for driving to/from work then you’re forced to take public transportation. Taking the bus is pretty unreliable and you may end up losing your job due to lateness.
  2. Mandatory firing policy: Many employers provide in handbooks and employment contracts that conviction of a crime is grounds for firing. If your employer has that policy, you may lose your job.
  3. Job applications: While some states don’t allow employers to ask about arrests and convictions on job applications, most do. Your DUI will appear in public records and on your driver’s license records.

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