I Believe in Stopping Drinking and Driving

Kelly - Kansas City, Missouri
Entered on April 24, 2008
Age Group: 30 - 50
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I believe in putting a stop to drinking and driving. I’m talking about going to a bar and having just one drink or having ten drinks. I’m talking everyone being a victim to drinking and driving. I’m talking about not letting alcohol ruin our lives. What if you had a child, a parent, or a close friend that was killed by a drunk driver? Some people might think that one beer or one drink won’t affect them, but truth be told, it does.

What if you were the one drinking and driving and you hurt a family member because you thought one beer wouldn’t hurt? Think about how you would feel. I had a friend that died a few years ago due to drinking and driving. The sad part is that he is the one that was drinking. I tried to stop him on many occasions, but he never listened. I can’t imagine the pain that his mother went through when she lost him due to drinking and driving. I know the pain I felt when I found out what had happened. I only wished I could have done something to prevent it.

I always wondered what would happen if I had maybe spoke a little louder, or tried to get him some help. Where would he be now and where would I be? I do, however, know one thing for sure. The next time I have a friend with a drinking and driving problem, I am going to speak louder.

I know one person can make a difference if they get out there and talk to the people. I have to admit, I am the kind of person who does not voice her beliefs. I’m the kind of person who doesn’t talk a whole lot, but in order to try to stop something as bad as drinking and driving, I know I have to get out there and talk about it. We, as a community, need to take a stance and talk to our loved ones, our friends, and most importantly, to our children. I believe in preaching to our children about the dangers of drinking and driving. We need to say how it can hurt them, and how it can hurt everyone around them. Everyone has a voice; we all just need to use it.

In conclusion, please speak up everyone. Don’t let it be too late to discuss the dangers of drinking and driving. We need to make our loved ones listen, because if we don’t, we will be the next victim to drinking and driving.