Drivers Can Choose: Stay Sober & Save Lives; or Drink, Drive & Destroy Lives
by Mrs. Vickie L. Weaver; Dayton, Ohio
Science says that for every action there is a reaction. Experience tells us that actions have consequences, life can change quickly, and good guys don’t always win. The key is that God gave humans free will to make wise choices or poor ones; someone may benefit from a wise choice, and someone may suffer or perish from a poor one. Three examples follow.
One year when my sisters and I were growing up, our dad died from brain cancer just before Christmas. Mere months later on a familiar avenue, when seat belts were neither mandatory nor installed in all vehicles, our mom nearly died on her way home one evening after swerving to avoid a drunk driver who would have hit her head-on; her car hit a tree, and she was propelled first outward through the windshield and then back inside the car. The car and her face were destroyed. The drunk driver was uninjured. By the grace of God, we had a parent left to raise us, and doctors restored her health and her pretty face. Both tragic events combined to lessen our quality of life and dramatically impacted us in numerous other ways.
Several decades passed. Then locally in the wee hours of this past Christmas morning, my nondrinking daughter was behind the wheel when she, her husband, and teenage daughters left his parents’ house two towns away, where they had stayed later than usual to have quality time with relatives from out of state. Halfway home on a different route from usual, they were hit by a drunk and drugged-up driver who, surprisingly, was not speeding. They were knocked into a power pole, whose live wires fell on their car. With God in charge and seat belts fastened, no one was injured by the crash or the wires, and Christmas Day was a happy, thankful one.
Similar to the first, the latest incident was tragic. In the darkness of five-something yesterday morning in Texas, my sister’s stepson was driving a different route to work when a drunk driver hit him head-on. Nearly every bone in her son’s body is broken, but we’re thankful that he’s alive and his ribs did not puncture his lungs. He will endure a long, painful recovery, surrounded and supported by loving family and friends. His daughter is old enough to understand and remember why her daddy nearly died and can barely participate in celebrating her birthday this week. But, his little boy has no clue why his daddy, in bandages and casts from head to toe, can’t get out of bed to play ball with him and can’t work to provide for them. Someday, though, he will know that God, seat belts, and airbags saved his daddy while the drunk driver died; he will understand that although the drunk driver had a choice between safety and recklessness, his daddy had no choice and both families have been changed forever.
Drivers, you have choices that can preserve or destroy life in the blink of an eye: You can drive drunk and ruin lives from the road, or you can have a sober person drive you where you need to go. Please choose the latter–and seat belts–to prevent unnecessary loss and suffering.
Author Vickie Weaver Guest Speaker
Barnes & Noble Booksellers June 12, 2016 2-3 p.m.
2619 Miamisburg Centerville Rd, Dayton, OH 45459
Barnes & Noble’s B-Creative portion (last day) of the three-day B-Fest
Vickie Weaver and another local author will be in a question-and-answer session on the book-writing journey.
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