Thanks to Tom at Random Acts of Reality for the links to a tragic tale of cars, alcohol and young drivers. Given the new school year has just begun, and with it a zest for new experiences, this is a timely story.
I am reminded of a terrible accident in San Jose in the early 90’s, where there were multiple fatalities caused by an extremely drunk teenager at the wheel. It was after that that we tried to make it clear to our daughter (who didn’t drive at the time) that she should never accept a ride with someone who had been drinking. She just needed to call and we would come and get her, with no questions asked.
I’m also reminded of the first time that I, as a young adult, realized I was in a car that I shouldn’t be in. No, I wasn’t smart enough to get out, but there 4 eyes on the road the rest of the way home, and I’ve never ridden with someone who’s been drinking since then.
Anyway, the story that follows, told from the perspective of a police officer, a paramedic and a hospital nurse, provides both a compelling read, and could save a life if just one young person reads it and makes a better decision. And parents, make sure your kids know that they can call you anytime for a ride home, with no recriminations. That doesn’t mean you can’t calmly discuss what happened the next day, but remember the most important fact: they got home safely.
Scene: a small town, anywhere in America.
The closest on-duty officer takes a call around 3am.
On the scene of the accident, we hear from one of the paramedics.
And finally, the conclusion, brought to us by a nurse on duty at the hospital.
Be safe out there!
Just to be clear, click on each of the links above to read the 1st hand perspectives from the officer, paramedic and nurse.