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The following article was posted on November 23rd, 2022, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 23, Issue 39 [ Submit a Story ]
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Avoid a holiday tragedy for you and those around you

By Lori Martin, Tracy

The holiday season comes with family gatherings, social time with friends, and office parties. These events can lead to life-altering consequences, like drunken driving.

When I was 16 years old in 1992, a drunken driver hit me. I had a four-month coma, broken bones, paralysis, and brain injuries. My gait and speech are affected, and I lost my driving and hearing abilities. For 30-plus years, I have read lips and cannot enjoy holiday music anymore.

I always loved the music of the holiday season. “Holiday Traditions: Vocal Arts Ensemble Concert” at the CPAC at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo on Dec. 11 would be one I would not miss. Unfortunately, I am unable to hear holiday music well. Drunken drivers injure lives in many ways, and I know.

Planning to take Highway 1 to attend a holiday gathering? Make the smart decisions now if you plan to drink: Don’t drive drunk. Law enforcement and I urge you to have a sober friend, taxi, etc., drive you to and from this location.

My message to drive sober will never get old because it saves lives. Having a sober driver is a perfect way to begin 2023. Happy Holidays.

Lori Martin

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