The Starfish Story

Once upon a time there was an old man who used to go the ocean for peace and quiet, and for inspiration to do his writing. In the morning, he usually walked on the beach before he began his work. one day as he was walking along the shore, he saw a human figure moving lie a dancer, bending, then wading in to the waves, arms extended. 

It pleased him that someone would dance to the beauty of the day and the rhythm of the waves. As he got closer, he saw that it was a young girl. The girl wasn't dancing, but instead she was reaching down to the sand, picking up something, and throwing it gently into the ocean. 

He called out, "Good morning! What are you doing?"

The girl paused and replied, "Throwing starfish into the ocean."

"I guess I should have asked, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?"

"The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them in, they'll be stranded on the beach and die."

"But don't you realize that there are thousands of miles of beach and starfish all along the way. You can't possibly make a difference!"

The girl listened and considered. Then she bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the sea. She watched a wave lift it high, and then it sank into the life-giving water. 

To that she replied:

"It made a difference for that one."

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Keri's Promise

As part of our mission to end drunk, impaired, and distracted driving, Keri's Promise is being introduced to all establishments in the community that serve alcohol to their customers. In order to raise awareness of the risks, dangers, and impacts of the decision to drink and drive, we propose that establishments participate in the Keri's Promise program. By taking part this program, the community will see that impaired driving is unacceptable, and no one will be allowed to drink and drive. 

Keri’s Promise means that no one would be allowed to attempt to drive a motor vehicle after having too much to drink, or if they seem to be impaired in any way. The establishments would make sure that if a patron has had too much to drink, they are no longer served alcohol, and a ride has been called (e.g., an Uber, taxi, or a designated driver). This would make sure that everyone gets home safely, and that their vehicle would be safe in the establishment’s parking lot until it can be operated safely. 

Keri's Promise will set the tone and let the community know that there is zero tolerance for drinking and driving. So even if it’s just one or two drinks, or you over-indulge and consume too much alcohol, you know that your life and the lives of others are being protected.  

We firmly believe that we can end this 100% preventable epidemic from taking more lives. By partnering with more people and businesses in the community, we can work together to reduce and eventually end crashes caused by drunk, impaired, and distracted driving.  

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If you or your business would like to participate in Keri's Promise, or if you would like more information, please contact us below. 

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