In a Moment Life Changes

@CRanney (444)
Wingham, Ontario
November 9, 2015 5:44pm CST
When I was 16 years old I had 5 friends killed after Drinking and Driving. Two of them were 16 and two of them were 17 and one was 21. It was a shock to us all. I never took a drink after that of alcohol. I am now 42 (getting old lol) At the first of this past October a young 17 year old also lost his life. He and his 3 friends were out partying and the driver was intoxicated. The driver was 18. He is now being charged for the death of his friends. It's devastating... and today there was yet again another accident with two teens and alcohol . In a moment life can change for these kids and for the life of me I don't know why the same mistake keeps being repeated. I think it has to do a lot with my area (although I know this happens everywhere). Need I remind you all of the dangers of drinking and driving. Just don't do it!!
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@Jessicalynnt (47895)
• Centralia, Missouri
10 Nov 15
While I feel the point on this was the dangers of drinking and driving (and I totally agree with you, do one, do the other, NEVER do them both), I feel as if something else speaks to me here. That moment when everything changes. We have those in our lives, we can look back sometimes put our finger on the exact moment our worlds shattered. I have a few of those, when I got the call about grandpa from my sister. I knew he was in the hospital, but no one until her had told just just how bad it was.It was midterm week, they didn't want me to worry. My world shattered, and I lost a best friend. There have been others....others that hurt as much if not worse. Those moments shape us, I think they maybe make us more sympathetic, more sensitive, more caring... or at least I hope so. Something good needs to come out of something so bad.
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@CRanney (444)
• Wingham, Ontario
10 Nov 15
@Jessicalynnt So sorry for the loss of your grandpa. I do agree life can change in a moment. Back in 2004 I lost my grandpa when he was in a car accident. It was so sudden. My heart does hurt very much for the families that have lost teens from drinking and driving.
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• Centralia, Missouri
10 Nov 15
@CRanney that was 2001 I think, still miss him. And yeah, those sudden deaths especially ones from being young with bad judgement are really sad. I lost a friend in college from driving exhausted. Not illegal, but just as deadly
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@jstory07 (67162)
• Roseburg, Oregon
9 Nov 15
I do not drink at all. Driving drunk leads to people being killed. Not good at all.
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@CRanney (444)
• Wingham, Ontario
10 Nov 15
@jstory07 Killed or in prison for many years for killing someone else yes!!
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@LadyDuck (157723)
• Switzerland
10 Nov 15
It's not only in your area, this happens everywhere in the world. We have many accidents during the weekends when the teenagers go out to party and they come home drunk.
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@CRanney (444)
• Wingham, Ontario
10 Nov 15
@LadyDuck I guess when I said our area (huron county , Ontario)I meant our little small down. There are many small towns around but 90 percent of the accidents involving teens drinking and driving come from our small town. Yes I do realize this is a problem all over the world. So sad
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@Marcyaz (35670)
• United States
10 Nov 15
@CRanney Very sad indeed.
• Greece
10 Nov 15
It amazes me that people get away with drinking and driving so often. I would add using a cell phone when driving to the list of dangerous practices.
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@Marcyaz (35670)
• United States
10 Nov 15
very true cell phones are now becoming just as bad as drinking and driving.
@CRanney (444)
• Wingham, Ontario
12 Nov 15
Yes!! This is also another big no no. The fines have now increased for distracted drivers here in Canada.
• Chennai, India
10 Nov 15
drinking isnt a big deal, to have a drink has become a tradition now. The thing is dont drink to show your guts to everyone. Drink just to give company.. be safe
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@CRanney (444)
• Wingham, Ontario
10 Nov 15
@thiyagu_rtr Yes I think the teens around here get into the showing off and believing they are untouchable.
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• Chennai, India
10 Nov 15
@CRanney Colleen, Even i havent touched the drinks yet,lol, but it isnt a problem, i can enjoy every occasions without a drink and thats why the taste of drink doesnt affect me much..hahah...
@birjudanak (7243)
• India
10 Nov 15
drinking is bad habbit we have some friends who not drink even met accident because in other car driver was drunked .due to him my friends had frecture
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@CRanney (444)
• Wingham, Ontario
10 Nov 15
@birjudanak I'm so sorry to hear about your friends. That's terrible!
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• India
10 Nov 15
@CRanney i see that if you go stright on road then anyone can harm you in trouble but you go unconditional way no one harm you
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@iamshane487 (1163)
• Manila, Philippines
10 Nov 15
Yes. There are numerous incidents I've heard and see on TV about the issue of drinking and driving. It's hazardous habit. Parents should not allow their children to drive while drunk like the accident in your story.
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@CRanney (444)
• Wingham, Ontario
10 Nov 15
@iamshane487 Very true! However after the age of 18 parents really have no legal rights to tell their children what to do. They are at that time considered adults. It's really quite tragic
@BelleStarr (38370)
• United States
10 Nov 15
The problem is when people drink they don't realize they are impaired and then they kill their friend, themselves and innocent people.
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@CRanney (444)
• Wingham, Ontario
10 Nov 15
@BelleStarr yes I agree they don't realize for sure. Its also a problem because legal drinking age here is 19 and these young teens are getting it some how.
@Marcyaz (35670)
• United States
10 Nov 15
So sorry to hear you had lost your friends at such a young age. I do think that more needs to be done about teens drinking and driving as this happens all over the world.
@CRanney (444)
• Wingham, Ontario
12 Nov 15
@Marcya there is a group here called Mothers Against Drunk Drivers and they are doing what they can but I'm not sure if it will ever stop. 100 years from now it still might be the same. who knows..right?
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@Marcyaz (35670)
• United States
12 Nov 15
@CRanney We have the same here Mothers Against Drunk Drivers but I don't know if they are doing any good or not against the ones who drink.
@marlina (73883)
• Canada
10 Nov 15
It is horrible to think that people still drink and drive in today's world. It is not because they are not aware.
@CRanney (444)
• Wingham, Ontario
12 Nov 15
@marlina so true there is so much awareness but sadly it does still happen
@JudyEv (123435)
• Bunbury, Australia
12 Nov 15
Very few people seem to be able to learn from the mistakes of others. It seems most of us have to make our own mistakes.