When my husband and I first moved to our new ward in G’ville we met some of our dearest friends. One of those friends was a man named Brian E. Kiley. Brian was such a great person. He lived his faith. He was the same person on Sunday as he was Monday thru Friday. I had the opportunity to be his Assistant Seminary teacher. Basically I got the great opportunity to teach early morning seminary when he was out of town working on his comedy career.
Just last year Brian met and married the woman of his dreams. They compliment each other so very well. Brian got everything he ever wanted in a family. He even got the chance to be a dad. He was such a great dad too.
Tragically just over a month ago Brian was murdered by a drunk driver on his way to the airport after a comedy show. The man that killed Brian thought his right to drink and party was more important than the right of other people on the road.
Just yesterday the drummer for a popular band that I use to listen to was arrested and charged with drunk driving murder. He to decided that his party was more important that someone else’s right to live. And today a popular movie star and her husband were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and he was charged with DUI.
Two public figures in two days feeling entitled to do as they please regardless of those around them.
I have decided that I will no longer use my hard earned money to buy their music, go to their concerts, watch their movies or buy their products.
I am one lone voice in the dark refusing to support those that feel drunk driving is okay. Every year more men, women and children are murdered by intoxicated drivers than people murdered by a gun.
Now I know that prohibiting anything only causes people to want it more so this is what I suggest. Tougher laws when it comes to DUI’s, tougher sentences for convicted drunk drivers, the permanent removal of driving privileges of habitual drunk drivers, the immediate removal and impounding of said drivers vehicle. Anyone convicted of DUI should have a notation on the front of their state issued id and driver’s license letting everyone know they are a drunk driver.
There are too many “reality” TV shows that show young people drinking and driving and acting stupid look like fun. They should removed from airways.
It is a startling realization that once a drunk driver gets out of jail they have the opportunity to get back behind the wheel of a machine that they used to kill someone.
When are we going to stand up and realize that drunk driving is not a game?
When are we going to stand up and stop laughing at how drunk people act?
When are we going to realize that it is not cool, popular or neat to get so drunk you don’t know where you are, what you are doing or who you are doing it to?
I think the laws need to be tougher for drunk drivers that get caught the first time then we might see few drunk driving murders.
What are your thoughts? What can we do to make drunk driving murder a thing of the past?