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Letter: Lodians, be safe during the holiday weekend — don’t drink and drive

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Posted: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 11:13 pm

Labor Day is the last holiday weekend in summer, intended to honor our nation’s work force. The weeks of summer are dangerous times for our roads.

For over a decade, I have shared the story of how a drunken driver hit me head-on when I was 16 in 1992. I was seriously injured and it affects me today.

I stayed in two hospitals for seven months, and then I had therapy, surgery and schooling for the following 17 months. Much labor was done to regain daily activities like walking and talking. Due to the fever following my crash, I lost most of my hearing capabilities. This injury upsets me daily.

I unexpectedly lost those skills in a preventable crash. Together, we can make these collisions end.

I am honored to be a close partner with the California Highway Patrol. Lodi is within the region Stockton CHP patrols. The CHP and I are determined to make all realize that impaired driving is a deadly mistake.

Stockton CHP Officer Mark McMahon told me about the Fourth of July: “We had no fatalities at all over the weekend. I don’t know of any for quite some time. A long time for us is over a month.”

Wonderful news! Make this continue, Lodi.

For instance, the Labor Day Lodi event was a huge success last year and will continue. Eat and drink until your heart is content. Enjoy the day fully — but it is wise to make preparations if you drive and plan to drink alcohol.

I firmly tell all alcohol drinkers to designate a sober driver before alcohol drinking begins. If you do not, get a taxi or find any sober driving friend or relative to give you a ride. Never drive drunk — it saves lives, including yours.

Lori Martin


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