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It is time for barbecues, fireworks, and/or enjoying yourself at Kennedy Park. Parties often include alcohol and can turn from festive to fatal if driving is involved. Before drinking, choosing a designated sober driver is a priority.

When I was 16 in 1992, I was hit head-on by a drunken driver. The collision gave me many broken and dislocated bones, paralysis, and a 100-day coma. I was a patient in two hospitals for seven months followed by therapy for 17 months. Not a life wanted.

My hearing, talking and walking are damaged because a drunken driver hit me 25 years ago. This tragedy can happen to anyone. Driving drunk is preventable, and we must make that clear to all.

You don’t have to be falling-down drunk to be too impaired to drive. Therefore, a fun-filled summer comes only with a sober driver.

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Lori Martin