Each year, the emergency services launch campaigns which are aimed at deterring people from getting behind the wheel after a night out.
But this year, we have noticed more and more people are not taking notice of this advice.
They are ignoring the warnings. They are putting their own lives at risk.
But, more importantly, they are putting YOUR life at risk as well. And all because they think that they should be exempt from the law.
One of our followers sent us the blog we are sharing below.
It was originally shared and the Cleveland & Durham Road Policing Units’ Facebook page back in December 2014.
Even if, having read it, one person decides not to get behind the wheel whilst intoxicated then one life could be saved:
‘I went to a Christmas party
but I remembered what you said.
You told me not to drink at all,
so I had a Sprite instead.
I felt proud of myself,
the way you said I would,
that I didn’t choose to drink and drive,
though some friends said I should.
I knew I made a healthy choice and
your advice to me was right
as the party finally ended
and as the kids drove out of sight.
I got into my own car,
sure to get home in one piece,
never knowing what was coming,
something I expected least.
Now I’m lying on the pavement.
I can hear the policeman say,
‘The kid that caused this wreck was drunk.’
His voice seems far away.
I can hear the paramedic say,
‘This girl is going to die.’
I’m sure the guy had no idea, while he was flying high, because he chose to drink and drive that I would have to die…
So why do people do it,
knowing that it ruins lives?
Tell my sister not to be afraid,
tell daddy to be brave,
and when I go to heaven put ‘Daddy’s Girl’ on my grave.
Someone should have taught him
that it’s wrong to drink and drive.
Maybe if his mom and dad had,
I’d still be alive.
My breath is getting shorter,
I’m getting really scared.
These are my final moments,
and I’m so unprepared.
I wish that you could hold me, Mom,
as I lie here and die.
I wish that I could say
I love you and say my final good-bye.‘
By Sian Mein
Featured Image Credit: Lancs Police ARV
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