Saturday, December 10, 2011

don't forget



Participating again with Cate for 6WS.  Here's mine for this week:

Remember, do not drink and drive.

Just sick about this. Local story. Man driving home after holiday party. He plows into car going very slow. Causes fiery crash. Two innocent people lose their lives. He walks away. (Gets arrested thankfully). He can't even comprehend what he did because he's too drunk. He tells police all he wanted to do was to get home...........

Holiday season. Just remember, do not drink and drive. Designate a nondrinking driver, call a cab.

If you got kids, drill it into them. Do not drink and drive. Tell them not to get into a car with someone who has been drinking. Tell them to call you any time of day or night and you'll come and get them, no questions asked.

Just so sad. Life is too short as it is to have it end so tragically because of someone's stupid decision. Three lives ruined, families mourning loss of loved ones, hard to do any time, harder at holidays.

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40 comments:

Stephanie M. Hasty said...

tragic story. what hurts my heart is that no matter how much we are reminded, there are those around us that still think they're invincible and harm others!

Kathy ... better known as Nana said...

Excellent reminder ... and what a sad story ... and the saddest part of all is that all that loss could have so easily been prevented. :-(

thelaughinghousewife said...

Just terrible. Tragic. And the drunks always walk away from these things.

naida said...

A very important message to post. It's so sad, the innocent people that suffer at the hands of drunk drivers.

Melanie said...

That is so sad...families forever changed because of someone's reckless decision.
I don't drink alcohol at all, but it's an excellent reminder for those who do.

Jeanie said...

A great reminder, Betty. I think it is especially important to remind people during the holiday party season when a lot of people that don't usually drink might have a couple at a holiday party.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

So sad that some forget that they are not the only ones on the road. I don't think you can say it often enough. Don't drink and drive. It's crazy enough on the highways with out the added burden of drunk drivers. There are also plenty of other things we shouldn't be doing when driving too. Keeping your eye on the road and being a courteous driver is a must. I used to think I was the most cautious driver in the world and in the blink of an eye caused an accident. Now I'm even more cautious than ever. Hope your Saturday there is a great one!

jack69 said...

What a sad thing. Amazing and so terrible that folks can be law abiding minding their own business probably thrilled about Christmas and plans, when boom their world ends and the family is thrown into turmoil. Sad testimony for our society.
Burt sending love frommover on thei coast.
Jack & SHerry

Renegades said...

So so sad and a good reminder this time of year.

soulbrush said...

OMG I totally agree- it is always the innocent who suffer.

Karen S. said...

Oh I know what you mean...and it's usually the innocent that get hurt or killed....the drunks just might get a slight cut if that....good and wise words you posted for all to remember....!

Snowbrush said...

I wonder if the drunk is so often the only person who walks (in this case, staggers) away BECAUSE he was drunk. Maybe it's that going into a crash with every muscle loose that saves these people.

Shelly said...

How horrible! Wise words indeed. I would also add, Do not text and drive.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Sad indeed! And yes, we do have to keep on reminding everyone all the time.

Fi said...

Sad that families have to suffer at this time of year through someone elses lack of good judgement.

This is a very strong message in our family and I would be horrified to discover one of my boys was responsible for something like this. They know I'm always only a phone call away.

A timely message - great 6ws

Linda said...

This so sad. It reminds me of a time when I worked for a large DME, and we were supposed to drive to St Louis from KC. I got there, after a long day, and the drivers of the van were already into their 2nd bottle of beer, with a couple of 6 packs on the floor. I told them to throw the beer away, or I would drive. Needless to say, I didn't have a very good name in the company, but I'd always told my kids not to go with drinkers, and I wasn't going to either. I was the party pooper.

JosephAlsarraf said...

Ya it's sad, same thing happened to my mom's mom and her grandmother during the Thanksgiving holidays. I think it's a much better idea for someone who is drunk to get someone to take them home, it's not worth the risk. : )

SweetMarie said...

Very sad. These are the kind of sad stories I've been sharing with my son. He's 15 and has his permit. You can be a responsible and safe driver, but you can't control other people's poor choices. That's why I have herniated disc in my cervical spine now.
Hope you have a wonderful weekend Betty!

Bobbi said...

So sad!! This just breaks my heart.;

Belle said...

I'm so sorry for the family of the people who were killed. I won't drive after just one beer. It is just too risky.

Brenda Youngerman said...

What amazes me is that it always the drunks that walk away! How is that even possible? Thanks for writing this and reminding people.. perhaps you saved a life today! :)

Gamma Sharon said...

Wow, so very sad! And you are absolutely right!

Martha in PA said...

Thanks for stopping by!

Such an important message you have shared.

Chatty Crone said...

Some of the best advice six words can say. sandie

Rita said...

Oh, I know! That is just one more terrible tragedy. The holidays are even more scary because of those once a year drinkers added to the mix, too. :(

Jazzbumpa said...

I'm always very careful about that.

Thanks for helping us to remember.

Cheers!
JzB

Shauna said...

excellent words of caution.

TARYTERRE said...

These are words of wisdom. Thank you for putting it out there on the web, especially at this time of year.

Caroline said...

So sad & I can relate. I lost a few close friends to this. Praying for everyone.

rmslil said...

Our community lost two college girls last weekend to a man drving drunk in the wrong direction on the interstate. Even sadder is that he was due in court this Friday for a continuance of another DUI arrest.

Blog Wobble said...

Unfortunately it's something that happens all too often here. Very sad.

Sharon said...

Why is it that so many times it's the drunk person who is unharmed in these tragic accidents?

Very sad. Yes, if we drink, we must be responsible. And hopefully, more and more young people are getting this message, too.

Hope they don't follow the "sterling" example of many of their entertainment "heroes." Such trashy people with so much money. Since when did addiction become almost a status symbol, huh?!

A sober message, Betty (LOL) - but seriously, thank you.

Toriz said...

Agreed; and well said!

Mary said...

We've told our boys the same thing since they got their licenses.

Lisa said...

Oh that is so sad. Reminds me to share this story with my son who is about to be driving more.

Intense Guy said...

If this post prevents even just one "mishap" - it will have been worth writing.

I"m sorry about the innocent ones - I wonder how this sort of thing is God's plan... but I guess it is, somehow.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

That is so sad. I say those words all the time to my family!! It is not worth it to drink and drive.

Brandy@YDK said...

that's just sad. and there will be so many more stories exactly like that before this season is over.

Missy said...

I did that once and the one time I did it, I got caught and spent the night in jail. I am lucky I didn't hurt anyone or myself. I definelty learned my lesson. And you are right, it is a senseless way to die and even to get into trouble. Young people just feel like they will live forever. I know I did. I know older people drink and drive too though...

Curly-T said...

Lost my best friend 8 years ago at Thanksgiving to a drunk driver. He is still in my thoughts frequently.
Thank you for using your six words for good!