The other day I watched a show (Dateline or something) about 24 year old Martin Heidgen, who got wasted, drove and hit a limo head on on the highway (video below). The limo contained a family who was coming home from a wedding. The impact killed the limo driver instantly and beheaded the family’s young daughter, who was a flower girl in the wedding. This happened in 2005 and he was the 1st person to get a severe punishment (convicted of second degree murder and got 18 to life) due to a drunk driving accident.
I have plenty of friends that have gotten DUI’s, some have gotten multiple. Shit, even my pops has gotten one. I can admit that I am also guilty of driving or being in the car of someone that has been drinking. No one I know gets so shit faced that they don’t know whats going on. Does that make it right? No. Will I drink and drive again in the future. Probably. But after seeing these stories and videos I will definitely be more conscious of my choices before driving.. With that said, I don’t normally have enough to drink to make myself a liability but that still doesn’t make it right. People want the offenders dead, locked up with rapists and murders, even if they were decent people. The families will mourn forever. Its a lose lose situation. It seems somewhat taboo. People do it and don’t talk about it, or when they do talk about it they do it in shame. Alcohol is sold legally in bars and stores. Easily obtained by underage kids. I think stricter laws and education will be the best solution. Maybe more public transportation options. Someone that has power needs to create a better plan. Maybe the harsh repercussions will make a difference. Who knows =(