Excitement grows for teens because proms and graduation celebrations are coming. I remember being eager to dress up with all of the extras and spend nights with my friends.
Teens are bombarded with warnings to not drink and drive. Listen to a victim this time:
When I was 16 and a junior at Tracy High, a drunken driver hit me head-on in April of 1992.
I spent weeks in a coma, and had paralysis with multiple broken and dislocated bones.
Dances, talking with friends, and playing sports at San Joaquin high schools in Manteca, Stockton, Ripon, Lodi, etc., obviously ended.
Clinics, hospitals, surgeries and therapy became my teenage life. This was certainly not in my dreams.
I lost my driving ability, and my brain injury damaged my hearing capabilities and speech. This affects me daily.
A drunken driver changed my life, and one can change yours. We must keep drunken drivers off the roads and that begins with you.
For almost ten years, the law enforcement and I notify teens what a drunken driver can do. I also write letters in local newspapers stating the importance of driving sober.
My goal is making sure teens end prom and parties responsibly to save lives on the roads. This benefits all.
I guarantee you a ‘good time’ definitely does not come if you drive after drinking. A drunken driver can kill or hurt themselves and others. My scars, hearing difficulty, and speech definitely show that.
Have a sober driver after prom and parties so they will be times to remember for all the right reasons.
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