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Drinking & Driving is a Tragedy

Drinking & Driving is a Tragedy

Today, I took some timeout to watch the local news at midday.  Halfway into the program, I had to walk away.  I walked away saddened, because it dawned on me that there are so many precious lives being wasted.  Yes, wasted for short-term pleasure.

In the featured story, there was a young mother of 31 years old who was placed behind bars, with bail set at $200,000 cash, while her infant child was admitted to the University Hospital, suffering from injuries sustained in an auto accident.  The accident occurred yesterday morning as they were returning home from a party where the mother had apparently been drinking.  Sobriety tests confirmed that she had been drinking.  She lost control of the vehicle, and ran into a pole.  The child's condition is currently listed a serious. 

With all the initiatives by the State of New Mexico, Bernalillo County, the City of Albuquerque, Law Enforcement, and countless other local governments around the state, I just cannot fathom why this tragedy continues.  When will it end?   Are people so desensitized, that they cannot make better choices?

Luckily, the accident did not involve another vehicle. Lord knows, Albuquerque has seen its share of alcohol related deaths.  I have not had any alcohol related tragedies in my family; I hope never to have one.  There are no good outcomes from these incidents.  Usually, lives are lost, families are broken up and it seems to be a never ending problem. Frankly, drinking and driving is a tragedy. 

As we approach the holiday season, it is my hope that residents will make better choices.  Let's endeavor to make this a season to be truly joyful.  No alcohol related accidents.

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Comment balloon 16 commentsC. Lloyd McKenzie • November 23 2009 09:09PM


Sad Story.

Posted by The Jeff Rickert Team, Poconos / Harleysville; RSPS (RE/MAX Property Specialists) over 9 years ago

Lloyd, this is something that we all need to be careful of, especially around the holidays.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Heather, it sure is. Thanks for your comment

Posted by C. Lloyd McKenzie, Living Albuquerque over 9 years ago


You are so right.  We don't know when tragedy will strike.  We must be very vigilant, especially during the holidays.  Thanks for your comment

Posted by C. Lloyd McKenzie, Living Albuquerque over 9 years ago

Hey, Lloyd. I left a surprise for you in my blog post this morning. Let me know when you find it. What? You thought I was going to tell you exactly where it is? Ha! This comment is a clue, though.

Posted by Not a real person over 7 years ago

Although you blogged on this topic in 2009, driving under the influence remains a problem, especially since today is New Year's Eve.  I am going to reblog this and hopefully this will make someone think twice about getting into a car and driving intoxicated.  Have a healthy and prosperous New Year!  See you in the rain in 2012!

Posted by Joanne Louise Stevens, Realtor - Serving Brentwood and Surrounding Cities (Keller Williams Realty Los Angeles-Brentwood) over 7 years ago

Good Morning Russel and Joanne:

Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my post.  Indeed drinking and driving still remains a problem in this country.  Happy New Year to Both of you.

Posted by C. Lloyd McKenzie, Living Albuquerque over 7 years ago

Hi Lloyd, I caught this post on a reblog by Joanne.  This issue is still very prevalent today.  I am hopeful that your blog post will inspire others to be responsible and do not drink and drive.  It is the only way to keep us all safe from drunk drivers.  Happy New Year to you and yours!

Posted by Lisa Dunham, Associate Broker, Alexandria Virginia Real Estate over 7 years ago

Lloyd, congratulations on being featured in Russel Ray's Golden Oldies #28 (December 31, 2011)! I know you're as honored as I am!

What a perfect post to feature on New Year's Eve. Drinking and driving is a recipe for heartache - if any of us drink tonight, let's make sure to ride home with a designated driver! Even the small city I live in has cabs, so there's no excuse!

All the best to you in 2012, Lloyd!

Posted by Debbe Perry, 828.439.3084 Morganton/Lake James NC (Real Living Carolina Property ) over 7 years ago

Lisa and Debbie:  Thank you so much for your comments!  Absolutely, drinking and drivig is still an issue in communities all across the USA. Happy New Year!

Posted by C. Lloyd McKenzie, Living Albuquerque over 7 years ago
C Lloyd, This is my pet peeve and I am glad it was on the oldies list. Have a Happy New Year I look forward to tallking to you in 2012!
Posted by Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert over 7 years ago

Although I enjoy alcohol just as much as the next person, I've never understood why people like to get drunk. I got drunk once, at a high school graduation party, and that was enough to convince me that getting drunk wasn't my thing.

By the way, I came over here via Russel's Golden Oldies.

Posted by EC, JF, Double R and Zoey the Cool Cat (Russel Ray Photos) over 7 years ago

I didn't even start drinking until I was about forty by which time I was intelligent enough not to drink and drive.

I should also let you know that I found you from the link in Russel Ray's Golden Oldies post today.

Posted by Jim Frimmer, Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist (HomeSmart Realty West) over 7 years ago

Yolanda, Jim, Thank you for your very invaluable comments. I appreciate them very much.  In the future, I will endeavor to respond to them in a more timely manner. 

Posted by C. Lloyd McKenzie, Living Albuquerque over 6 years ago

Driving under the influence do bring the destruction and pain to many families.

Don't drink( or take drugs)  and drive!

Posted by Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA (Barcode Properties) about 4 years ago

Good morning Anna...thanks for your comment. It is so true.  If only  people would consider the consequeof their actions before they act.

Posted by C. Lloyd McKenzie, Living Albuquerque about 4 years ago