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A scary reality
Tonight, many seniors at Central Kitsap High School will dance the night away at their prom, making memories that will last a lifetime.
They will share one of their last major school shindigs with their peers, before venturing out into the real world. All it takes is one bad decision to turn a night of fun and celebration into tragedy.
Despite still being in high school, the reality of drunk driving is always prevalent, no matter a persons age. Everyday, lives are turned inside out because of one bad decision to get behind the wheel after drinking.
One night of fun can turn into a lifetime of hell just because someone decided to get loaded before taking to the streets. The statistics are staggering and a scary reality. One out of every 200 babies born today will die in an alcohol-related crash, according to the national office of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). One person is lost to a drunk driving fatality every 23 minutes and 345,000 people are injured each year. Lives are ruined and hearts are broken and yet its something that can easily be prevented. At Tuesdays mock crash at CK High School, sponsored by MADD, students were shown the horrifying consequences of drinking and driving. A mothers tearful story was read aloud to those who may have known Heather Meadows. A 2003 CK High grad, her life was cut short by a repeat offender who was so drunk he drove the wrong way on the freeway, crashing into her car head-on in the early morning hours of March 13, 2005, in South King County. Heather wasnt even the one drinking, yet it cost her her life. The following poem, recorded and played to CK Highs seniors, is a heart-wrenching reminder of the lives ruined by drunk driving.
I Went to a Party, Mom
I went to a party mom, I remembered what you said
You told me not to drink, So I drank soda instead.
I felt real proud inside mom, The way you said I would
I didnt drink, Even though my friends said I should.
I know I did the right thing mom, I know youre always right
Now the party is finally ending, As everyone drove out of sight.
As I got inside my car mom, I knew Id get home in one piece
Because of the way you made me, So responsible and sweet.
I started to drive away mom, As I pulled onto the road
The other car didnt see me, It hit me like a load.
As I lay here on the pavement mom, I hear the policeman say
The other man was drunk, And now I have to pay.
Im lying here dying mom, I wish youd get here soon
How come this happened to me, My life burst like a balloon.
There is blood all around me mom, Most of it is mine
I hear the paramedic say, Ill die in a very short time.
I just wanted to tell you mom, I swear I didnt drink
It was the others, The others didnt think.
He didnt know where he was going mom, He was probably at
the same party as I
The only difference is, He drank and I will die.
Why do people drink mom, It can ruin your whole life
Im feeling sharp pains now, Pains just like a knife.
Tell my brother not to cry mom, Tell daddy to be brave
When Im up in heaven, Write daddys baby on my grave.
Someone should have told him mom, Not to drink and drive
If only they had taken the time, I would still be alive.
My breath is getting shorter mom, Im becoming very scared
Please dont cry for me, Because when I needed you, you were
I have one last question mom, Before I say goodbye
I didnt drink, So why am I to die?
This is the end mom
I wish I could look you in the eye
To say these final words
I LOVE YOU AND GOODBYE.