It’s holiday party time!

Despite numerous driving distractions, like cell phone usage, I must remind people to not drive drunk. My life changed after a drunken driver hit me when I was 16 in 1992.

I had a 100-day coma with several severe injuries. For seven months, I stayed in hospitals in Stockton and San Ramon and then had 17 months of therapy.

My life is difficult daily. My speech is not clear and my gait is abnormal. I also cannot drive and my hearing is damaged.

An open bar is often a big perk of a holiday bash. Partygoers enjoying drinks must read my words.

You can be drunk if you had fine spirits and are not slurring words. Driving skills are damaged before intoxication signs are seen.

Few know just exactly how many drinks equal “one too many”. Therefore, a driver who drank no alcohol must give drinkers a ride.

Driving drunk on roads like State Route 99, can lead to an arrest, crash or death. You can never replace a person or the lifelong pain of injuries. Take it from one who knows.

Lori Martin


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