It’s time for parties with spiked punch, spirited eggnog on Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve champagne, and then beer and football games on New Years Day.

Driving drunk risks your life and others. If you do not harm anyone, a DUI costs thousands. Isn’t a taxi cheaper than that?

When I was 16 in April 1992, a drunken driver hit me head on. I was a Tracy High School athlete who played against other area teams.

I was in a coma for 100 days, with paralysis, brain injuries, and multiple broken and dislocated bones. I stayed in two hospitals for seven months and then had 17 months of therapy.

Many hopes and goals vanished. My brain injuries affect my hearing, speech, and walking daily.

Californians must notice how important it is to not drive drunk. Have a sober driver, or you might begin 2016 with depressing memories.


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