Stay alive, don't drink and drive!

By: Gabby Whitton P5

dont be a statistic

Here are few of many statistics about drinking and driving:

  • Somebody is injured every 120 seconds due to a drinking and driving accident.
  • Roughly 1/3 of the accidents that occur on the road are due to drinking and driving.
  • 32% of the accidents are fatal.
  • On average 2 in 3 people will be involved in a drinking and driving crash in their lifetime.
  • A drunk driver will most likely have driven drunk at least 80 times before they get arrested.
  • Everyday in America another 28 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes.
  • Each day, people drive drunk almost 300,000 times, but fewer than 4,000 are arrested.

A Lifetime Of Reprecussions

I interviewed a girl that goes to Richland with us who has experienced a traumatic event due to drinking and driving. She told me in 2009(at the time she was 9)is when she mentally lost her mom and dad as a result of a drinking and driving accident that her parents caused. During the accident her parents brains were severely injured, which has made it hard for her parents to recover. She has had to face the fact that her parents will never be the same, they will never speak the same, look the same, or act the same. Her whole life was turned upside down right then and there, since then she has had to move in with her grandparents, move schools, and make new friends. She told me what hurts the most is the way it has impacted not just her but her little sister(who was 3 at the time of the accident and barely remembers her mom and dad), her cousins, her grandparents, her aunts, her uncles, and her family friends. She also told me, to this day her parents are not any better and there hasn't been much progress made since 2009, and that was seven years ago. At the end of the interview she said, "I think what people don't realize is that one bad choice can create a lifetime of heartbreak" when she said this it really made me think about what I would do if this happened to me or anyone I loved. After hearing this, I hope you think about how awful this would be to go through, and is it really worth risking your life or others lives to get drunk?

lets be logical here

When drinking, your judgment is impaired, you can easily lose control, and you become a liability, and sometimes you wakeup not remembering what happened. Now mix in driving to all of this, why would you not want to have total control over your body, especially in a car? When driving drunk you make a perfect candidate for a killer on wheels. That may not be your intention, but when you have no control anything can happen.