The message of responsibility

To the editor:

I would like to comment on the syndicated column, ” If You Drink, Don’t Enjoy It,” written by Froma Harrop and published on 8/19/2013 in the Marshall Independent.

I am just not sure what to make of the article. I duly note the mention of my sister, her husband, daughter-in-law and grandson. It is good to remind driving drinkers of the consequences. At first the reference seemed somewhat flippant to me, but I am still in mourning. I am still waiting for my niece-in-law to come home from the hospital. I am still waiting for her to walk. I am still waiting for her to recover her full speaking abilities. I watch my great nephew with joy, but know that he is faced with a lifetime of physical and cognitive issues. Perhaps Ms Harrop should have said, “critically injured for life.” My nephew’s life was changed forever when his parents, wife and 10-day-old son were all hit simultaneously by an alleged drunk driver while walking across a street in a school zone at 4 p.m. in the afternoon. The alleged drunk driver’s license had already been suspended due to a recent DUI.

The real issue is not the enjoyment of alcohol. The real issue is in the enforcement of DUI laws in each state. This includes credible and pro-active follow-up by law enforcement agencies after a license suspension and conviction.

It is too easy for a convicted drunk driver to continue to drive with a suspended license.

The message of responsibility is an important message. Thank you. It should come with a picture of my sister and her husband covered by white sheets in the middle of an intersection. See Seattle Times, March 26, 2013. That would not make an impression on the alcoholic who is no longer in control, but it might have an effect on the “social drinker” who sometimes has one too many and enjoys it.

Please, don’t drink and drive.

Sue Morton