Do you need $6 to get you home from the bar or a friends house? I’ll pay for your Uber or your Lyft.
Not even a mile from my home three teens were killed in a drunk driving accident Sunday night. A 25-year-old ran a red light and plowed into their car. He had a blood alcohol level that was THREE TIMES the legal amount. Trinity Watt, 19, of Salem; Madison Capobianco, 19, of Salem; and Makayla Tryon, 18, of Keizer – died at the scene. (Full story here).
The amount of people who die from drunk driving accidents is astonishing. In 2016, 10,497 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for 28% of all traffic-related deaths in the United States. I don’t know the exact percentage of that number who were people NOT drinking (just a victim) but I’m sure it’s high because whenever I see stories like the one above, it is always the people NOT drinking that get killed or hurt.
If you are going out with friends, going to a party, going to a BBQ, going to the bar, going to dinner – I don’t care where the heck you are going. If you plan on drinking, have a plan. If you don’t plan on drinking and you end up drinking anyway – change your plans. Think it’s inconvenient? You know what’s more inconvenient? Killing someone on your way to wherever you are going. Ruining an entire family and community of people’s lives. You have to live with that guilt, you get your license taken away. You pay a boat load of money and you go to prison.
So, for the love of God, pay the $6 and get a cab. Or get a hold of me and I’ll pay for you to get a ride.
RIP sweet loves.