How Drunk Driving affected my family and the ripple effect it caused. Be safe and smart this New Years.
Drunk driving is it really worth it?
Drunk driving sky rockets on New Years eve every single year.
According to a report released in 2007 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), drunk-driving related fatal crashes rise significantly in the two-week period encompassing Christmas and New Year’s Eve. On average, there are 36 fatalities on American roadways every day. During Christmas the average rises to 45 daily deaths and jumps to 54 on New Year’s Eve.
- An average drunk driver has driven drunk 80 times before first arrest
- This year, 10,839 people will die in drunk-driving crashes – one every 50 minutes.
- One in three people will be involved in an alcohol-related crash in their lifetime.
- Every minute, one person is injured from an alcohol-related crash.
- Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens and one out of three of those is alcohol related.
Michael Georgia-Born: March 26th, 1958- Died: March 4th, 1995
Age when he died 37 years young.
Cause of death? Drunk Driving. My dad fell asleep at the wheel and was found with a ridiculous amount of Alcohol in his system.
Left behind his two daughters. Jennifer Georgia Age 3 and Jessica Georgia Age 11.
Also left behind two amazing brothers. Bill and Jim Georgia.
My father was my hero, my everything, my role model. He was SO full of life!! When he died he was on vacation is his favorite place of all time. The Florida Keys snorkeling and living life. My father was always super active and into sports and outdoors activities. He was so passionate and full of life.
This photo is from his first place win in the V.F.W. Babe Ruth Tournament. Where my Dad had three home runs and batted a 400 in 1973….
He loved sports and anything keeping him active. Not only did he have a passion for baseball but he went on to participate in Football #82……
My dad went on to be featured in the local Cliffside Park Paper for his achievements in Track and Field…..and many other achievements in his teen years and his short adult life.
Had he NOT HAVE BEEN drunk driving my amazing dad would STILL be here today with us. I could be participating with him. He could be teaching his 8-year-old Granddaughter Jade how to ride a bike, play sports, and just be there for her.
If he had not drunk that night My sister and I could possibly be spending New Years Eve with him. Laughing and sharing stories.
It breaks my heart just writing this blog today. I can’t even express to you have much I miss my Dad. My motivation to write this is I PRAY TO GOD it will inspire ONE person to re think drinking and driving this New Years Eve.
I am so grateful my Uncle Jim passed this scrap-book off to me. But I would much rather have my Father here with me today showing and telling me all about his “stories”.
My father passed away very quickly. He was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown 100 ft from his truck and died instantly.
His truck hit dead on into a tractor-trailer. His girlfriend who was with him was however not so fortunate. She was paralyzed from the neck down. Last I heard she was living on top of a pizza place unable to do much of anything.
These are the very REAL consequences of Driving Drunk. His choices that day made a HUGE ripple effect. It effected everyone’s lives. His brothers, his kids, his ex-wife, his girlfriend, his un born granddaughter, his niece’s, and many others who knew and loved him.
Please before you make your New Years plans this year, before you go to that party, before you pour that beverage, and before you grab those keys think about the ripple effect you will cause.
Think about the lives you will affect, the pain you will inflict, and your life. Is it really worth it? Please make it an amazing New Year. Have fun, drink, be merry but PLEASE be safe and responsible. You and your life is worth it.