The kids and I were on an adventure last summer. We were headed to Manitoulin Island to see my friend Christine. After a long drive from Clifford we finally pulled into the holding area for the cars waiting to get on the Ferry.
The kids immediately jumped out of the car and ran towards the wharf to feed the ducks and watch the boats. Just as I closed my car door, the car behind me bumped into the back of my car. Thankfully, that car was going 10 km s or less, when it hit my car. I was even more thankful, that my children were not standing behind my car as the driver of the car, who was checking his text messages, would not have seen my children standing behind my vehicle. We checked out the minimal damage, just a scratch really and everyone seemed fine as we walked over to the grocery store to pick up snacks for the boat.
Later on as we enjoyed the quiet sailing across Georgian Bay, we entered the on board gift shop. KT, who had earned money helping me clean out the pool, bought some trinkets for herself as the other two picked out their favourite items.
Later on that evening as we settled in for the night, after the two littlest Guthrie’s had fallen asleep, KT said she had questions.
“Mommy you know today, when that car bumped our car?”
Yes, honey…but no one was hurt, everyone is OK.
“I know Mommy, but I wanted to give you this because you drive all the time and I always want you to come home.”
Don’t worry KT, I’ll always come home.
“Mommy, you don’t text and drive ….right?”
No honey, no I don’t.
Even though it was a very small bump, it had effected my oldest as she knew what could have happened. I promised myself that I would keep my phone in the middle council of the car when I was driving because it is too much of a distraction for me. I made a promise to my daughter I would come home each night and I intend to keep it.
The folks at CAA South Central Ontario (CAA SCO) and other traffic safety partners have come together to launch a six week long education and awareness campaign (July 29 – Sept 12 ). They are urging all drivers to make a promise. It’s simple, go online to caasco.com/focus and promise to your family and friends to focus on the road.
A couple of simple facts made my Promise to Focus on the Road an easy one to make:
1. Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of collisions and easily one of the most avoidable.
2. Distractions can come from almost anything that makes you look away from the road. A split second is all it takes to dramatically change the rest of your life.
3. Driving requires your full attention. Losing your focus on the road can lead to weaving in an out of your lane, missing a traffic sign and putting yourself, passengers and others at risk.
Are you ready to make the promise to end distracted driving?
Have you RSVP’d yet? Click on the link and check out the details below !
Join us for a virtual coffee chat, we’ll talk #BlondeRoast our new contest, and connect with our Twitter community.
Nearly a year ago, Canadians got their first taste of Starbucks #BlondeRoast coffee – a coffee developed especially for Canadians who thought our brewed coffee was too dark for them. We’d like to know if you’ve tried it, what do you think, and to have a virtual coffee chat with our friends.
We’ll give away three random prizes of a $25 Starbucks Card eGift. To be eligible for the prizes you must RSVP, use the hashtag #BlondeRoast in all of your tweets and follow us. Also, if you’ve participated and RSVP’s we’ll treat you to a free tall Starbucks #BlondeRoast coffee.
We’re also kicking off a contest! Stay tuned for details.
A few of our wonderful Twitter are friends co-hosting the party with us. Make sure to follow them too!
Rules and Regulations
Starbucks Canada Twitter Party Contest Terms and Conditions
No purchase necessary to participate. The Starbucks Canada Twitter Contest (“Contest”) is open to all legal residents of Canada who have reached the age of 19 years at the time of entry. Employees, representatives or agents (and those with whom such persons are domiciled, whether related or not) of Starbucks (the “Sponsor”), or its subsidiaries, affiliates, distributors, prize suppliers, advertising or promotion agencies and the Contest judges (collectively, the “Contest Parties”) are not eligible to participate.
This Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Twitter. Twitter is completely released of all liability from each entrant in this Contest. Any questions, comments or complaints regarding the Contest must be directed to the Contest Parties and not Twitter.
The entry period begins on Monday, January 28th, 2013 at 8:00PM Eastern Time (ET) and ends Monday, January 28, 2012 at 9:00p.m. ET (the “Entry Period”).
Three Random Prizes: Starbucks will randomly select three winners who will each receive one $25 Starbucks Card eGift to be fulfilled via a valid email address.
RSVP for the Starbucks Canada and participate during the entry period for a free tall Blonde Roast coffee (12 oz). You will be contacted via Twitter Direct Message to claim your coffee or directly emailed a Starbucks Card eGift ($3 value).
HOW TO ENTER
Current Twitter users enter by participating during the entry period. You can only win one prize during the party. Answers can be posted on Twitter and posting a Tweet during the Entry Period with the hashtag #BlondeRoast. The #BlondeRoast hashtag must be included in every valid entry. You can only use one (1) Twitter account to enter the Contest. The Contest Parties are not responsible for late, lost, misdirected, delayed, incomplete or incompatible entries. The Sponsor may disqualify an entrant for any reason, in its sole discretion.
By entering the Contest and submitting an entry, each entrant: (i) grants to the Sponsor, in perpetuity, a non-exclusive license to publish, display, reproduce, modify, edit or otherwise use his or her entry (and all individual components thereof), in whole or in part, for advertising or promoting the Contest or for any other reason without compensation; (ii) waives all moral rights in and to his or her entry in favour of the Sponsor; and (iii) agrees to release and hold harmless the Contest Parties and each of their respective agents, employees, directors, successors, and assigns (collectively, the “Releases”) from and against any and all claims based on publicity rights, defamation, invasion of privacy, copyright infringement, trade-mark infringement or any other intellectual property related cause of action.
WINNER SELECTION PROCESS
The Sponsor’s designated representative will select three winners at random from all eligible entries. You must be following the @StarbucksCanada Twitter account. Odds of being chosen as a selected Winner could depend on the total number of entries and the speediness of replies. The Sponsor will Tweet and post the names of selected entrants from the Twitter account @StarbucksCanada after the Entry Period between Monday, January 28th, 2013, 9:01 p.m ET and Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 12:00 p.m. ET.
Before being declared a winner, the selected entrant must respond to the assigned account via Twitter or via direct message acknowledging the acceptance of the Winner Prize (see below) as awarded, and answer a three-sector mathematical skill-testing question. The selected entrant must also complete and a Contest Release Form. The winners must have RSVPed and including the hash tag #BlondeRoast in their response.
If the entrant does not acknowledge the acceptance of the Winner Prize and answer a three-sector mathematical skill-testing question before Friday, February 1st at 2:30 p.m. ET, the entrant will be forfeited (and will forfeit any right to his or her Winner Prize) and the Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to deem the next eligible entrant to be a selected Winner.
The Winner Prize will be delivered to an email address of The Winner’s selection by the Sponsor. The Winner Prizes must be accepted as awarded and is not transferable or convertible to cash. No substitutions are permitted except at the Sponsor’s option. If any Winner fails to claim the prize within the specified time; then he or she will forfeit their Winner Prize.
CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY A CONTESTANT OR ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS, AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO PROSECUTE ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.