Have You ever been mad?

Lindsey - Garden City, Michigan
Entered on April 18, 2009
Age Group: 18 - 30

Have you ever been mad?

On a bright, sunny summer afternoon, being 19 years old, friends had asked me to go to Canada for a few drinks. I thought about it for a while and simply replied with, “No thanks, maybe next time.” As I sat and thought about it, I began to think who would drive us home and what would happened if someone did drive home and got pulled over. I then realized the one thing I believe in the most. Don’t drink and Drive. There is no way on this planet earth that I would ever drink and drive or get in a car with someone who has been drinking and wants to drive.

When I was younger, throughout my teenage years, I never really saw it as a problem. I never did it, but I always thought it was their own responsibility and people need to be liable for their own mistakes. Although I do have a different outlook on the matter today, I still feel as if you should take responsibility for your own actions. It is a law, but whether people obeyed the law was another story.

My boyfriends friend was killed by a 16-year old drunk driver and it is absolutely devastating. Knowing someone that was killed by a drunk driver I can honestly say I will do whatever it takes to not allow someone to get behind the will after drinking. It is the worst feeling in the world thinking someone could have stopped him and this accident could have been avoided. I know I cannot save everyone, but I will do what it takes to inform people and make them knowledgeable of the circumstances. My boyfriend and I are now a part of M.A.D.D. (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) and it feels good to think that maybe for a second this will impact some teenagers or even some grown adults around us today.

Having friends that go out and do these things is hard enough and I know I can’t save the world, but I know I can save someone. It has had a enormous impact on me, especially throughout the past year and I believe strongly in the phrase, “Don’t Drink and Drive.” I hope this is more than just my belief because, “I am M.A.D.D.”