It is time for barbecues, fireworks and enjoying Tuolumne River Regional Park. Parties often include alcohol and can turn from festive to fatal if driving is involved.
Before drinking, choosing a designated sober driver is a priority.
When I was 16 in 1992, I was hit head-on by a drunken driver. The collision gave me many broken and dislocated bones, paralysis and left in a coma for 100 days. I was a patient in two hospitals for seven months followed by therapy for 17 months. Not a life wanted.
My hearing, talking and walking are damaged because a drunken driver hit me 25 years ago. This tragedy can happen to anyone. Driving drunk is preventable and we must make that clear. You don’t have to be falling-down drunk to be too impaired to drive. A fun-filled summer comes only with a sober driver.
Lori Martin, Tracy