Celebrate Holidays Soberly

Let holiday celebrations begin! Festive events and alcohol seem to go together like Santa and his sleigh, resolutions on New Year’s Eve, and football on New Year’s Day.

Many will travel through the extensive roadways of our enormous state. Traffic and weather conditions cause problems on roadways, and drunken drivers can, too.

When I was 16 in 1992 and a junior at Tracy High, I was hit head-on by a drunken driver. School and playing sports against other San Joaquin County high schools ended.

The crash put me in a coma for 100 days with several broken and dislocated bones, paralysis and brain injuries. I stayed at two hospitals for seven months followed by 17 months of therapy.

A drunken driver changed my life. My hearing, talking, and walking are damaged.

If drinking, please have a sober driver to drive you. If not, tragedy could result. I know.

Do not begin 2017 with a DUI on your record.

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