St. Patty’s Day Approaches

Yes, it’s that time of year again. It’s also a few days before the anniversary of the death of a beautiful girl, Samantha. I think about her alot. She was such a funny kid. I really do miss her antics. Which brings me to the point of my post.

Drinking and Driving

Every 50 minutes, one person dies in a drunk driving accident, over 10,000 people. At least once an hour, someone’s mom is taken away. At least once an hour, someone’s little brother is taken away. At least once an hour, someone loses someone they love.
On average, a drunk driver will drive intoxicated 87 times before being arrested. That means someone (on average) makes the conscious decision eighty-seven times to get behind the wheel and put everyone on the road at risk. Eighty-seven times, SOMEONE sees this driver get into his/her car after watching them pound them back but doesn’t have the courage to say something.
Every minute, one person is injured in a alcohol-related accident. Some of those injuries are minor, but some of those aren’t. Some of those change a person’s life forever. Some of those put an all-star football player in the supervision of a 24/7 caregiver. Some of those make the difference between doing things for yourself and having things done for you. Some of those injuries ruin everything.
Car crashes are the leading cause of death among teens. One in three of those is alcohol related. One of those times, it’s not someone else’s kid. One of those times, it’s not someone else’s friend. One of those times, it’s YOUR baby, YOUR friend, YOUR family member.

I honestly don’t know why people can’t just control themselves. I don’t understand why, if you want to have a good time, you can’t just be responsible. You could lose your license, or your life. Does a cab ride cost more than your life? Not mine. I will gladly call a cab in exchange for my legs, my sanity and most importantly, MY LIFE. I would hope your life means enough to you to not drive when you KNOW you can’t. You don’t have it, you aren’t good. Quit being a dumb ass and find another way home. 

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Tracy Leal
    Mar 20, 2011 @ 14:20:25

    I love this Jasmine… I miss her silly antics too. Although most of the time she was seriously just silly.


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