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Monday May 10th

Drunk driving deaths are tragic and preventable


Another night, another wreck. Another life gone because someone likely decided to drive after consuming alcohol. Another daughter, sister, friend gone — someone whose death was entirely preventable.

I did not know Elena Shapiro. But four years ago, I lost a close friend to a similar accident. And now all the images come flooding back like an old soldier reliving war trauma while watching the news. Once again, I see a promising life ended.

Another weekend, another drink, another wreck. In the United States, 36 people are killed each day in alcohol related car accidents. One-third of all traffic fatalities involve alcohol. In all likelihood, one day it will be someone that you know.

When will our society realize that going out of our homes to consume large amounts of alcohol will lead to people driving who shouldn’t be?

All drunk driving deaths are completely preventable. But when will people exercise some basic responsibility? How many more lives must be lost before we learn?

Christopher Jones
History, PWAD

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