With prom and graduation parties coming up, teens are bombarded with warnings to not drink and drive. Listen to a victim this time:
When I was 16 and a junior at Tracy High, a drunken driver hit me head-on in April 1992.
I spent weeks in a coma, and had paralysis with multiple broken and dislocated bones.
Clinics, hospitals, surgeries and therapy became my teenage life.
I lost my driving ability, and my brain injury damaged my hearing capabilities and speech. This affects me daily.
At the end of October 2012, I told Burbank Elementary School students what a drunken driver did to me. Forty-four students wrote me in January to thank me for speaking and promised to never drink and drive.
Teenagers attending prom and parties with drinking involved must show them they have also learned how wrong it is to drink and drive. Sober drivers can save lives.
"Good times" do not come if you drive after drinking. A drunken driver can kill or hurt themselves and others. I show that.
Have a sober driver after prom and parties so they will be times to remember for all the right reasons.