Behind every drunk driving statistic is the story of a tragic loss of life, such as this one reported by the Sentinel News.
Her Tweet said she was too drunk to care while her blood indicated she was too drunk to drive, according to court documents filed by the Florida Highway Patrol. The 20-year-old was behind the wheel of the car that was traveling the opposite direction on the Sawgrass Expressway on Nov. 17, leading to a fiery head-on wreck that killed two women, both 21. She had a blood-alcohol reading of .15, nearly twice the .08 level that defines drunk driving, according to an FHP search warrant. Traces of marijuana also were found in her system, according to toxicology reports…the investigation continues.
Every drunk driver makes a selfish decision to drive while impaired. An irresponsible decision changed this young woman’s life forever as well as the lives of the two families of the college age women she killed that night. This story is not unique. There are thousands of others like it nationwide, each year.
The National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence (NCADD) has designated April, as Alcohol Awareness month. As Chairman of the MADD Pinellas County Advisory Board and as a DUI victims’ rights attorney, I look for every opportunity available to raise community awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving.
Everybody believes it couldn’t happen to them – but it could. Won’t you help us spread the word?
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