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A plea not to drive drunk this holiday
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Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

Picnics and watching fireworks are a few activities people enjoy in Summer and when celebrating America’s independence.  America’s freedom does not allow people to drive drunk.  Ironically, driving drunk is one our country’s deadliest problems.

A drunken driver hit me head-on in April of 1992 when I was 16.  My active life in sports against other San Joaquin County schools ended.  This collision put me in a coma, had paralysis, and multiple broken and dislocated bones.

I spent a month at a hospital in Stockton and then six months at a rehabilitation hospital in San Ramon. Therapy followed in San Jose and Tracy for 17 months.

I have injuries that challenge me daily.  My hearing capability is damaged.   I do not walk as graceful as a Hollywood star or talk like a news reporter.  Even with these injuries, I can get my point across.

I urge you to choose a designated sober driver before drinking starts at any gathering.  This mature person avoids drinking alcoholic beverages and drives those who do.  Saving lives, preventing injuries and penalties along with embarrassment is what this honorable driver does. 

That person is a true hero and knows the correct way to celebrate our country’s freedom.

Lori Martin