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Old 07-02-2012, 08:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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5 people killed this week due to alcohol

It could have been me driving.

This week in the Woodlands, TX, 2 different people in 2 different cars on 2 different days, one right after the other, drove the wrong way on the interstate drunk.

One of them killed 3 people in a head on collision, the other one killed 2 people in a head on collision.

They each went up the off ramp the wrong way and had head on collisions. Its the talk of the AA town lately. Everything comes in threes, so we are all praying that a third doesn't come.

It could have been me driving, it could have been me waking up in the hospital realizing I just killed 2 or 3 people and facing a life sentence in prison. One girl is only 24ish, don't know much else.

Nothing good comes from alcohol......
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Old 07-02-2012, 08:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It's not part of my life, and I pray that it never affects those I love in the way that you described, soberbrooke. The whole idea of driving while impaired terrifies me. This is one of the ideas that I hang onto - for me, it turns drinking into a moral decision. I will never put myself or any other mother's child at risk by taking that first drink.
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it could have been me also. i don't know why I was spared from this, but I am so truly thankful that I was.
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It could have easily been me.

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Old 07-03-2012, 01:51 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Luckily, I don't know how to drive. I can't say whether it could have been me or not because I don't know what I'd have done if I were able to drive when I was drinking.

But I know that this is heartbreaking and terrifying. I keep hearing about deaths related in some way to alcohol consumption at the moment and every time I feel terrified and wonder how on earth I'm still alive. I've been very, very lucky.

It's so sad that innocent people are killed because of alcohol. It's just... awful.

I hate alcohol. Hate, hate, hate it.
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Prayers for all those affected in your community by these tragedies, Soberbrooke.

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I could have been this person as well. My heart aches for the families of the victims. They are the one who now face the long struggle. Did the drivers die as well?
What a terrible tragedy. We've had our share of drunk driving horrors in Florida.

I need to remember these stories whenever the thought of having a 'nice' glass of red pops into my head. I couldn't keep me from driving when I drank. Somehow after finishing a bottle of wine or more, always, there were groceries to buy, letters or packages to mail, plants to buy or return at home depot, home improvement projects to get started, awrrrr. I am so grateful for my two months of sobriety, so grateful. The thing with driving drunk is that it can change your destiny in a heart beat and destroy so many famines. I need always remember that my allergy to alcohol is deadly to me and others. I can't drink in safety ever ever ever.

Thank you for sharing this story.
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Originally Posted by soberbrooke View Post

Nothing good comes from alcohol......
Not if you're an alcoholic.

Prayers to the families.

A lesson for us all.
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Just a couple of weeks ago here in Atlanta 2 boys were killed on the lake because someone drinking and boating ran his boat head on into a family on 9 out on a boat fishing together.

It is tragic and it could have been me. I had my fair share of drinking and driving. It could have been me. I am so grateful it was not.
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yeah, just woke up a while ago and saw that five people died in an accident killing four people....one survived thanks to fireman that saw the car drive into a river. All in their twenties. How will he live for the rest of his life remembering that. It could have me driving that car a little over a year ago. Tragic.
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Old 07-03-2012, 10:36 AM   #11 (permalink)
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It's so awful. Drunk driving NEVER just affects the person driving.. Makes me feel horrible for all the times I could have killed someone, or myself.

Luckily, I know that it will never be an issue again.

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If living and driving near Langham Creek HS and
HWY 6 was scarry enough while sober, I can only
imagine it if i was still drinking.

I got sober here in Baton Rouge before my little
family transfered to TX and vividly remember how
i used to drive under the enfluence of alcohol and
am very grateful I didnt kill anyone.

I would drive up the ramp to the interstate going
the wrong way. Driving against the oncoming traffic.
Then race the car next to me after the red light. YIKES..!
Then hit a concrete culvert sitting on top the ground
sending me to the hospital so they could remove
my punctured spleen so I wouldnt bleed to death.

Of course that was 21 yrs ago when family stepped
in with an intervention to save my life.

Anyway, I do recall how crazy it was for me to
drive to a noon meeting in all the lunch traffic in
Houston and how my anxiety was sky high by
the time I reached it. I soon made a dicision
that that particular meeting wasnt worth it to
my own health and peace of mind.

Traffic here in BR is also crazy these days and
to be impaired by drugs or alcohol would surely
put me in my grave fast if not someone else.

I think i'll stick to staying sober today.

Baton Rouge, La.

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Old 07-03-2012, 07:54 PM   #13 (permalink)
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There needs to be plenty of talk about drunk driving, in schools, at home, rehab, meetings, on a state and federal level and so on.

In 2010, 10,228 people died in drunk driving crashes one every 52 minutes and 345,000 were injured in drunk driving crashes.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration FARS data, 2011.

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Old 07-03-2012, 09:59 PM   #14 (permalink)

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The innocent loss of life is tragic. They did absolutely nothing to deserve what happened. Since getting sober, I tend to prevent driving at night because of drunk drivers, but if I have to go somewhere I'm very aware of what's going on and I'm on guard.

The scary part is that I found a forum that linked to the article and pictures of the accidents and if they are not enough to knock sense into people about what alcohol can do, I don't know what will.

It seems both drunk drivers survived and the car with 3 people, it sounds like two died and one is in critical condition.

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I crashed my car into a tree when I was only 16 and drunk out of my mind. I think often (ten years later) what would have happened if that tree wasn't there. It was in the front yard of a house where a party was being held. Things could be a lot different. I am forever thankful for that tree. I wish it would have knocked some more sense into me then, though.
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Every summer at least 1 kid(4 so far this year) are killed in our little neck of the woods. Most of the time I know them or have seen them play ball.
Crosses on the side of the road. Classmates of my children.
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