Editorial: Drunk Driving Destroys Lives and Families

Michele Orsinger

The headlines involving drunk driving crashes seem to be never ending. Lives become completely destroyed because of one's inability to find a ride. We live in a time of Uber and Lyft… there’s no excuses. If a person can afford to hit up a club to get their party groove on, they can surely afford a ride home. If not, maybe they should just stay at home and kick back a few.

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I was one of those people 25 years ago… I was young and thought I was invincible. I was stupid and selfish in hindsight. All that changed in the summer of 1999. While driving home behind a co-worker, his car slammed into a light pole. He got out and not even 2 minutes later, the car exploded. It literally exploded. I only had a few drinks that night (a few too many) and watching him crash at such a high rate of speed sobered me up pretty quick. My friend could have died that day… he could have killed someone else. It could have been me if I was the car in front. That’s the day everything changed. My life decisions never should have included the possibility of leaving my children orphaned. It was an eye-opening event that should have never happened.

Many people don’t think about it that way… at least not until it affects them, their friends, or a family member. If you get behind the wheel of a vehicle in that condition, the lives of so many innocent people become endangered. Children lose parents… parents lose children… the lives of everyone they love will forever be traumatic. Drunk driving causes death and death carries no answers for those left behind. Before you get behind the wheel after a few drinks in the future, ask yourself if it’s worth it. After all, if you make it home one time… you might not make it home the next - and you could possibly take out an entire family in the process.

If you’re going to be driving, think before you drink… please. You could save a life instead of stealing one. It’s really that simple.

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