Building a sandcastle with our great granddaughter. Hiking Sierra mountain trails; panning for gold. Romantic interludes. Growing older gracefully. A D.U.I. teen driving home from Cookie’s late night party with three drunk friends ended our retirement ambitions. Three car collision, eight lives threatened by instant death. My wife survived, severely wounded. The D.U.I. crash wrecked our physical and mental health; filled our hearts with anger and frustration.
Pain our new lifestyle. New retirement schedule: surgery, rehab, deposition, trial, surgery.
Promotion of liquor consumption without reasonable restriction is accepted policy by the American public. All professional sports teams endorse alcoholic beverages like selling soda pop, the message received by young athletes. A majority of American motorists sympathize with the arrested drunk driver; most adults have abused the privilege of driving. America’s leadership ignores the D.U.I. criminality and calamity. Insurance lawyers defend the drunk driver. Honest motorists, non-drinkers, have no defense against the madness produced by alcohol and drug impaired drivers. Lifelines twisted, sliced, erased by the D.U.I. criminals.
D.U.I. crime is 100% preventable. Warning labels on liquor products. Advertisement restrictions like cigarettes. A Mission Statement by responsible leaders to end D.U.I. Zero tolerance in the Courts, maximum penalty for D.U.I. crime. Driverless cars!