Letter: Share DUI video
A local firefighter recently told a group of high schoolers that he’s tired of scraping people off the road when they choose to make a fatal decision. The decision can take little thought and less than a few seconds but can impact countless lives for months and even years. As community members who have known friends and other citizens who have lost their lives to drunken driving, we believe that the valley must not only be informed about the dangers at hand, but also work together to reduce these accidents.
According to msn.com, in 2015 approximately 10,265 people nationwide died as a result of drunken driving. In just the last few months, a number of local people have been killed by choosing to drink and drive.
Before prom, the students at Glenwood Springs High School were shocked to view a mock DUI video in which they witnessed a number of their classmates covered in blood, crying and even dying as a result of an out-of-hand party, followed by a terrible fatal car accident.
Although this video touched much of the GSHS student body, the 2017 Mock DUI video that was produced by the Glenwood Springs Fire Department has not been able to send its important message to other schools in the valley. As a result, an accident that occurred in the last few weeks may have been prevented if students from Roaring Fork High School would have viewed this video.
In an effort to inform other teens about the dangers of drinking and driving, this video must be shared with other high schools, parents and the community, to show just how many people one bad decision can affect.
Savannah Kelley, Avery Justice, Maritza Nevarez and France Osorio Rivera