A True story about Drunk Driving
Donald Nolan Nov 25,1927 Died Mar 14,2006
Now that I have your attention please take the time to read.
This is a true story and I hope that I can shed some light on drinking and driving as it can happen to anyone. If one person just takes the time to read it and embrace it , it could bring about life changing events. Keep in mind I am not saying that you cannot drink, I am asking that you do not drive as this event that happened to our family has changed it forever. We cannot turn back the hands of time we can only move forward and tell others about it. If you to have a story share it on the comments so that others know what you have experienced. If you have not experienced this embrace it and I do pray that this will never happen to you.
On February 16,2005 2 days after Valentine's day my parents both senior citizens were on there way to work. My mother who was the driver and my father who was the passenger left at the same time every night. On this particular night an impaired driver , speeding down the freeway at 95mph slammed into the back of there 2002 Grand Cherokee , careening them into a wall and there vehicle spun out of control and again hit the wall but not before hitting another vehicle and road signs as they were doing repair on the freeway. Due to the severe impact the vehicle ,was totaled and my father who's seat split in half and had been thrown from the passenger seat to the middle of the vehicle was left with broken vertebrae in his back and double aneurisms both around his heart and in his stomach. Here was an active man who's life was cut short due to another person getting behind the wheel and driving. Needless to say my father past away 1 year and 1 month later due to the aneurisms bursting around his heart and my mother found him in there kitchen his head laying on a crossword puzzle book ,gone. This tragedy could have been prevented if that man from New Mexico did not get behind the wheel and drive. I met him on the road that night as I pulled up behind the accident , I remember is face and the smell of alcohol profusely on his breathe. He could not walk,he could not function. Am I angry? I am saddened by the circumstance what if that was his family member? Am I forgiving? The only thing I can hope is that he quit drinking and driving as I don't want him to harm any others on the road nor himself. Did he get time?The answer to that question is no he did not! As he resides in New Mexico so laws vary from state to state. He has taken from us many happy memories due to acting irresponsibly behind the wheel of a vehicle.
My goal is to get the word out to as many as I possibly can so that they or someone they love may not become a statistic.
1. Know your limit. If you don't know experiment at home while someone observes you.
2. Eating during drinking alcohol absorbs much more slowly.
3. Accept a drink only if you want one , not because someone else is telling you to have one, don't be pressured by a friend remember you are in control.
4. Do not mix alcohol and prescriptions those two are a deadly combination.
5. Don't let yourself or others drive intoxicated. Call a cab, take the keys, have them ride with someone who is sober but never ever let them drive.
Do not be a statistic or have someone become a statisitc please make responsible decisions before getting behind the wheel.
For more information on how to get involved contact your local city or state MADD (Mother's against drunk drivers), if you believe you may have a problem with drinking contact AA or any church group who may assist you.
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