Your Voice: Keep holiday streets sober
by Lori Martin, Tracy
Nov 12, 2012 | 1946 views | 3 3 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Eggnog, fruit cake and mistletoe: The holiday season is here. Some believe a successful new year starts with holiday celebrations.

Enjoy these gatherings, but remember what driving after drinking alcohol can do. Tragedies can happen.

A drunken driver hit me head-on in April 1992 when I was 16. Although this happened 20 years ago, it affects me today.

I was in a coma, paralyzed and had broken and dislocated bones. Years of therapy taught me to talk and walk again. My hearing ability is damaged, which is one reason why I have poor speech. This affects me occupationally and socially.

I never expected a drunken driver to hit me, but one did. You could be next.

Keep drunken drivers off the road by not becoming one, and influence others to do the same.

The consequences of driving drunk range from mild to severe. For mild, you will have financial penalties and the shame of an arrest. For severe, you have to recover from the injuries and live with the fact that you injured or killed an innocent person.

That is not a splendid way to start the new year.

Kudos to those who designate a sober driver, call a taxi for themselves and others when intoxicated, take the keys away from an impaired driver or report a swerving vehicle to the police.

Positive futures begin with ending parties safely.

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November 12, 2012
Check out the book “CODE 1144” ( before you think of driving while impaired. You will think twice about what could happen. It’s a good book to use for teens who text and drive and believe nothing will happen; the photos are very graphic and good for those who need to see it firsthand.
November 13, 2012
Thanks code20. Teens, as well as adults, need to know the danger and prevent it.
November 12, 2012
I did not speak up until April of this year, but I have not stopped. I am back reminding people what can happen if they or others drive drunk. It is scary.

Enjoy these festive days ahead. Follow my advice. Thank You.

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