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Drinking and Driving

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A thirty year old mother, expecting a child in May
Left home to meet her family, on a rainy Christmas day
Her husband and twin daughters that were only six years old
Left grandma's house at 2pm, to meet her, she was told
At her destination, she wasn't feeling very well
She decided to get out and head for the hotel
She awoke to sirens blasting, a screeching, piercing sound
She hoped her family made it there so she took a look around
Up the street all she could see was smoke filling up the sky
She didn't see her family only strangers passing by
Startled when her cell phone rang, at last, she felt relieved
She could not grasp the message, wrong number, she believed
Then the Sheriff approached her, with the devastating news
Her family, they knew, were not alive, the details very few
Facing all that tangled mess she was sure they were still alive
It's was only mangled wreckage that she knew they could survive
She had trouble grasping how their car was hit head on
And that all the ones she loved were really dead and gone
The other car, the man survived, he'd been drinking all day long
To drive in his condition he no doubt knew it was wrong
His speed that day picked up on a nearby tower
That day he was traveling over eighty miles per hour
We can't begin to understand why one would take that chance
Knowing the chances of taking a life surely would enhance
Most people do not realize how drunk they really are
Until they leave their destination and get into their car
But everyone has a choice before they begin to drink
Knowing all the risks involved they should stop and think
About all the innocent people that are driving and unaware
Approaching them is someone drunk no one would be spared
If people told their friends and family not to drink and drive
There are thousands of innocent people that today would be alive
Drinking and driving devastates the lives we've come to cherish
So remember that your loved ones could be the ones that perish


Barbara Hinson is a Criminal Justice Major, working on her Ph.D. at South University in Columbia, South Carolina.  She has worked as an investigative journalist and has worked for many years with Southeastern Filmmakers.  The focus of her work has been on cold cases and missing persons.


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