According to MADD, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, someone is killed by a drunk driver every 40 seconds! Every 40 frikin seconds!
I have had 2 people very, very close to me get killed my drunk drivers. And today is the 14th anniversary of my mentor, Jeff Still, getting killed by a drunk nurse who hit him head on because she crossed over the median, when I was 15 years old. He was not killed instantly and suffered a very painful death, robbing this world of one of the truly special people to ever live; and this nurse had just a couple of scratches. He is survived by his wife and two little boys, who have now grown up not knowing their dad because some lady decided to make a stupid, selfish choice.
The most haunting part for me today is that Jeff was 28 when he was killed. I’m 29, and have already outlived the man I looked up to most, outside of my family, during the most formative years of my life.
Please, please, don’t ever drink and drive. I don’t care if you’ve had one or two drinks and think you’re ok. Just call a cab or have someone pick you up. It’s not a macho thing, and I could care less how high you think your tolerance is or how cool it is that you can drink anyone under the table. Just don’t get behind the wheel of a car. It’s not cool. It’s not funny. Take a look at Jeff’s picture and let it live with you knowing that every time you get behind a wheel when you drink, you could be killing a spouse, a parent, a sibling and a mentor – like this lady did for the people in my life.