Again this week, news reports tell of more people killed by drunken-drivers. Locally, a young Minnesota woman on her honeymoon in New England was killed, her new husband critically injured.
There is no recovery from an event like that. The bride is forever dead; the groom, forever changed, if he lives at all. Imagine the pain this has caused.
And it's not uncommon for the drunks who cause this damage to run away, hoping to avoid getting caught.
Consider the following statistics from Mothers Against Drunk Drivers:
About one-third of all drivers arrested or convicted of driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence of alcohol are repeat offenders.
Over 1.41 million drivers were arrested in 2010 for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.
In 2010, 211 children were killed in drunk driving crashes. Out of those 211 deaths, 131 (62 percent) were riding with the drunk driver.
Adults drank too much and got behind the wheel about 112 million times in 2010 -- that is almost 300,000 incidents of drinking and driving each day.
Every day in America, another 27 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes.
Drunk driving costs the United States $132 billion a year.
Teen alcohol use kills about 6,000 people each year, more than all illegal drugs combined.
50 to 75 percent of convicted drunk drivers continue to drive on a suspended license.
On average, one in three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime.
The mission of Mothers Against Drunk Driving is to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking.
Perhaps we should all join the effort. It's only a matter of time before we are all touched by a person who chose to drink and drive.