Don’t drink and drive

Austin American-Statesman - - VIEWPOINTS - Jeanne Mur­ray Austin

My wish for this hol­i­day sea­son is for more in­di­vid­ual re­spon­si­bil­ity. Take re­spon­si­bil­ity for your own ac­tions and be­hav­ior. My niece was killed by a drunken driver just four days af­ter she passed her med­i­cal board ex­ams to be­come a physi­cian’s as­sis­tant in car­di­ol­ogy. She was en­gaged to be mar­ried and just at the dawn of her ca­reer. While the drunken driver got 23 years in jail, we still miss her ev­ery day. My brother’s wife had to plan a wed­ding and a funeral dur­ing the same week, be­cause of the driver’s and court sys­tem’s lack of accountability. The MADD or­ga­ni­za­tion never crossed my mind un­til it touched our fam­ily. The drunken driver had been in jail mul­ti­ple times for drunken driv­ing, but the at­tor­neys and judges lacked per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­ity by al­ways let­ting him out of jail quickly! There should be spe­cial jails for pub­lic of­fi­cials that don’t act eth­i­cally, with­out any perks like ca­ble/ HDTV or fancy gyms! Ex­cept for the last hon­or­able judge who said in court: “Your truck was used as a weapon; you will have 23 years to think about the ‘I’m sorry’ you just ut­tered!” Please view Lara’s web­site: www.loveal­waysre­mem­ber­al­ Don’t drink and drive! You may kill some­one.

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