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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Dear Jenna...

Today I participated in the “Every 15 Minutes” program through my daughter’s high school. My daughter died. Unique in its design and powerful in its impact, “Every 15 Minutes” is an educational experience that reminds us all of the dangers associated with driving while impaired. While the crash might be staged ~ the emotions are real!

Every 15 minutes someone dies as the result of an alcohol related collision. Can our communities afford to ignore the devastating impact that driving while impaired is causing? School-based alcohol prevention programs are essential in helping to reduce and eliminate alcohol use among adolescents.

Talk to your kids… Talk to your friends… Make a positive impact in this world and don’t be afraid to speak up for what is right. Tell everyone you know, every chance you get – Don’t Drink And Drive – Don’t Let Your Family Members Or Friends Drink And Drive – Don’t Even Let Complete Strangers You Encounter Drink And Drive! Call Your Mom… Call A Friend… Call A Cab!

The raw emotion I felt today is unfathomable. That parents every day have to go to a car collision scene and identify their child is a horrific thought! It is only through on-going education that we can impact our teens/young adults and teach them to make good choices. I wish everyone could experience this program ~ I wish no one had to experience this tragedy.

The statistical and program references have been taken and can be found at the official “Every 15 Minutes” website. http://www.every15minutes.com/enter/enter.html

This was written in memoriam for all the families whose lives are impacted every single day with alcohol related collisions. You will never be forgotten.

1 comment:

Audrey said...

We've been lucky with our boys - they don't have friends that drink and so we haven't really had to worry about it. But we have always told them - that if they go to a friends house and have even just one drink, they are supposed to phone home - we will go pick them up. Absolutely no drinking and driving of any kind!!