I CHOSE PLEDGE
“I CHOSE”… What does this phrase mean to me, Chad Mattson? Sadly, it means razor-wired fences and gun towers. It is strip-searches and shakedowns. It means being told when to eat, sleep, and shower. It is long, sleepless nights, missing family and friends. It means living 5,000 days of my life inside of the worst place I could ever be: PRISON.
On September 28, 2009, I CHOSE to drink and drive; a choice that cost someone else their life. In that very moment, the world as I knew it, would never be the same. In 2010, I was sentenced to 15 years in prison for DUI manslaughter. But, for the rest of my life, I will live with a burden of guilt, knowing that I am responsible for the death of another person. This is what “I CHOSE” will forever mean to me, but it does not have to mean same thing to you.
Today, the words “I CHOSE” represent a powerful movement, dedicated to eliminating impaired and distracted driving. These two words are symbolic of a rallying battle-cry, deep in the trenches of a never-ending fight to save lives. To say “I CHOSE” is to have accepted a personal responsibility, and to have made a lifetime commitment. This is to pledge to never drive impaired or distracted. The greatest regret of my life is that I failed to take this very pledge, which will haunt me for the rest of my days. I made a decision that took someone else’s life, destroyed my own, and emotionally devastated two undeserving families. I learned the hard way, that just a momentary pause, the second before you act, can save you from a lifetime of negative consequence and heartache. For you, that “momentary pause” is right now. Please, take this pledge, and feel proud knowing you’ve made a commitment that will ensure that your life never ends up like mine.
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TAKE ‘I CHOSE’ PLEDGE