Drunk Driving effects more people than you realize.

United States
December 21, 2006 4:47pm CST
When I was ten-years-old I had the opportunity to go on a trip to a theme park with my two best friends. One of them had asked me to go along with them, but being poor and knowing how much such a trip would cost, I hadn't wanted to burden my parents with the thought that I couldn't have what other kids had. So, I never told my parents I had been invited. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radcliff,_Kentuckyhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrollton_bus_disaster The link above tells the story of my friends who were on that bus. My parents later told me that they had discussed it amongst themselves and if I had told them that I had been invited, they would have borrowed the money for me to be able to go on the trip. My 2 best friends Patty Nunalee and Robin Williams, died in the crash. Robin's sister was burned so badly that her face looked like it was running down her skull. I woke up every night for 3 weeks screaming from a nightmare of being trapped in a bus on fire. To this day, even as an adult I wake up screaming from the same nightmare at least once per year. Please keep in mind your actions effect more than just yourself. 23 children and all 4 adults died that night. 37 children were permanently maimed. Many, many more of us lost a loved one. This holiday season and always if you drink, PLEASE don't drive. If you know you are going to be drinking, make arrangements before hand for a ride home.
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@sunshinecup (7882)
21 Dec 06
My High Bus was behind that bus when it happened, Central High. It messed many children up to have seen it. I drive by the spot where it happened many times, gives you chills. It was so sad. The prosecutor attorney in that case Joe Gutmen, actually prosecuted the drunk driver that hit and killed my brother in 1982. The news is out there, driving while drunk is inexcusable and I think it should become a capital offense.
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• United States
21 Dec 06
I actually agree that it should be taken more seriously. I also believe that a zero tolerance policy should be enforced. Driving while "tipsy" is still driving with impaired judgment.
• India
22 Dec 06
I truly accept this that drunkun driving effect more people then I realize.
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@caraj444 (1080)
• Canada
22 Dec 06
i beleive that drunk driving should be the same offense as premeditated murder, i know it will sound ridiculous to many but if your drunk and you are choosing to get behind the wheel you are deciding that your going to drive even though you have the potential to kill somone through your impairment, i dont think that it will ever go this way but i think that it should. So many people have lost loved ones because one person decided to drink and then drive and its a problem that has to be stopped, as is the case of the person posting this affects whole communities. One positive thing to think about when it comes to this is that statistics are showing the prevalence of drinking while driving is decreasing in the generations, the most offences of DUIs are laid against people in and above there 40's, those who grew up when the roads werent as fast, there werent as many people on them and there was more social acceptance or just ambivilance about drunk driving, this is good news that todays generations are simply not getting behind the wheel drunk nearly as much as previous generations did, however it does still happen and the way to prevent this completly is still eluding us. I work right next to a bar (i do night audit at a hotel) and the workers there grossly overserve there customers and last friday a man who was about 60 was determined he was going to drive home because he didnt have the patience to wait for his cab to come and he even resorted to throwing glasses in the bar to get his way and his friend was physically restraining him all the while he had his keys in his hand, why would someone not just take the bloody keys (the police are not going to charge you with theft for taking a drunk persons keys oout of therre hands and holding them until the person was on there way home and dropping the keys in there mailbox). Anyways the point is that whole bar full of young people who all took cabs home or had DD's (the bar gives free pop and snacks to them) and the one idiot trying to drive home was 60 shows that the problem is getting through to people but not quickly enough so that this never happens again.
@jen20619 (1302)
• Ireland
22 Dec 06
i dont drink drive
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• United States
22 Dec 06
Good option. I wish more people realized how serious this is.
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@cNotable (894)
• United States
22 Dec 06
I agree with you. I never drink and drive.
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• United States
22 Dec 06
Thanks. Help spread the word?
@Kimster (132)
• United States
22 Dec 06
Tried to pull up article having trouble, can you please send it to my e-mail address dkhendo@aol.com
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• United States
22 Dec 06
Sure, Sorry about the problems. It is the wikipedia article on the Carrollton bus disaster.
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• United States
22 Dec 06
Thank you for posting a better link
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• United States
23 Dec 06
This one works, too. I just hope it's the right story... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrollton_bus_disaster
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• India
22 Dec 06
Drunk... - Drunk
I dont drink and drive.. Either drink are drive.. Dont do both at the same time...
• United States
22 Dec 06
Thanks, keep passing the word on!
• India
22 Dec 06
I have also witnessed a bad accident where the driver was drunk and it was the other people who were affected in the accident than the driver. Driving irresposibly is never an excuse as one puts others life in danger and one should never drink and drive.
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• United States
14 Jan 07
Even drinking buzzed or tipsy is dangerous. Thank you for helping get the word out about this.
• India
22 Dec 06
PROTECT YOURSELF While society has done much to improve highway safety, you can do much to protect yourself. Don't drink and drive and don't ride with anyone who has too much to drink. Remember, it is usually themselves and their passengers who are harmed by drunk drivers. The risk of collision for high BAC drivers is several hundred times higher than for a non-drinking driver. Volunteer to be a designated driver. Always use a safety seat belt. Use four-lane highways whenever possible. Avoid rural roads. Avoid travel after midnight (especially on Fridays and Saturdays). Drive defensively. Choose vehicles with airbags.
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• United States
22 Dec 06
Too bad you can't make other drivers do the same. In the meanwhile, if you see someone drinking and driving, try to take away the keys. They may be unhappy but you might save someone's life.
@josan181237 (1205)
• Philippines
22 Dec 06
it is very dangerous to drive while drunk. you can get yourself killed or kill someone else.
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• United States
22 Dec 06
Not only when drunk but also when "buzzed" or "tipsy". At any point where your reaction time may be slowed, you cab kill someone when driving. Even being just tired can be enough.
• India
22 Dec 06
driving with drinking is not good for the person driving and for the person driving..so better dont have it.
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• United States
22 Dec 06
Thanks. such a simple message but so many people get it wrong. I wish there was some way to better express that even "tipsy" driving or "buzzed" driving is deadly.
• United States
22 Dec 06
Thank you for your story. You are very fortunate to be here and maybe you have a purpose now. You might be here to tell your story and educate people on drunk driving. I was hit by a drunk driver when I was 14 and luckily my injuries were not life threatening, It is so sad to hear so many childrens lives are taken away because of the reckless decision to not call a cab or find another ride when you have been drinking. Its not that hard and you could be avoiding a terrible accident or a DUI at the least.
• United States
22 Dec 06
I've considered public speaking (as Patty's Mom did go on to become the president of MADD for a while) but I am not sure that this is something that I am physically capable of currently. I am disabled and this would put a great deal of strain on my body. I do try to share my story and remind people whenever I can though.
• Pakistan
22 Dec 06
ofcourse drunk driver is a potential threat to many not only vehicles on road but pedestrians you never know what is he upto!!!
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• United States
22 Dec 06
Unfortunately, the drunk driver runs over the pedestrian in far too many cases.
• Australia
22 Dec 06
this should be a lesson for eveyone dont drink n drive anything could happen bad
• United States
22 Dec 06
Hopefully that point is filtering down. The horrors our tiny town went through should not have to be visited on anyone.
• United States
22 Dec 06
I am so sorry for your loss, I lost my dad 3 years ago to a drunk driver. So I know your pain. I agree No drinking and driving, and if you do drink, drink responsibly, plan ahead and get a designated driver or make sure you have enough for cab fair home.
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• United States
22 Dec 06
My condolences on your loss. In Austin there are a few different programs that help get "tipsy" people home safely. I hope there are some in other cities as well. It has been our tradition to give time and/or money to these programs each year in memory of those we loved.
@ssh123 (31104)
• India
22 Dec 06
I have 3 three trucks with 3 drivers appointed for it. One of the drivers who is a youngster has fallen into the habit of drinking and one day after taking the drinks he hit the parapet wall on the road side. He was taken to police station and I was summoned. Though he has not hit anyone, there was extensive damage to the vehicle. I had to pay $30 as penalty and the vehcile could not be repaired under insurance because the case was registered as drunken driving.
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• United States
22 Dec 06
So I am guessing as an employer when you run a background check on your employees, you won't be hiring any one with a DUI in the future. I wish more employers would view this as a big issue, it would help save more lives.
@avnishsp (36)
• India
22 Dec 06
Why Drink and Drive, When You Can Smoke and Fly
• United States
22 Dec 06
Wow! How could you read something like that and be glib about it? What is wrong with you?
• United States
22 Dec 06
I hate when people drink and drive. Have the brains to call a cab, ride the bus, or call a friend. Something other than killing innocent people. My brother was hit by a drunk, luckilly he was okay. It seems a lot of celebrities are drinking and driving as a favorite past time now. Great influence on our future generations! I'm sorry about your loved ones.
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• United States
22 Dec 06
The wounds are healed but the scars remain a reminder. Thank you for your sympathy. I know this holiday season in Austin there are several different programs that will allow you to get home free when you have imbibed too much. I just hope folks will use them.
• India
22 Dec 06
drunked driving is really dangerous...
• United States
22 Dec 06
I think that has to be the understatement of the year! Deadly is not a strong enough word to describe drunk driving. And tipsy driving kills too!
• Singapore
22 Dec 06
if u are drunk don drive before u go to hell...non drinker are innocent.!
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@mansha (6301)
• India
22 Dec 06
Thanks for sharing the story, I couldn't open it from the link though but got the jist of the matter from other discussions. Its chilly to the bones. Drunk driving is horrible thing and I am glad you didn't go on that trip. You know sad thing about my country is no one bothers with drunk drivers even traffic inspectors let them go. Its only when there is some sort of incident then a nation wide debate ensues but no strict policy is ever applied. If you have money then you can escape from any action being taken against you too. Its a sad seen here, I hope other people from my country read this and learn from this.
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• United States
22 Dec 06
What country are you from? I am asking because I am making vacation plans and have enough difficulty dealing with it here where it is illegal let alone when I am trying to relax.
@wyteduv (21)
• United States
22 Dec 06
AMEN, it only takes one wrong decision and lives are forever changed.....
• United States
22 Dec 06
And it effects more than just the victim and his/her family and friends. Our entire community was at a loss, big gaping holes ripped through the fabric of a tiny town.
@umavarma1 (929)
• India
22 Dec 06
ya this true, even in mumbai a film star drank n drove he killed about 6 persons
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