As part of Ontario’s 2011/2012 Holiday R.I.D.E. (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) checks program launch, Constable Alison Gaudino of the Toronto police shared her first-hand experience with impaired driving. Her story reduced me to tears.
In 2008, she and her 50-year-old spouse Randy Tallon, a 23-year veteran of the Toronto Police Service, were travelling through Georgia on Interstate 75 en route to Florida. They were struck from behind by a truck driven by an impaired driver. Their vehicle rolled 10 times. Her spouse was thrown from the vehicle. Constable Gaudino had to free herself by kicking out the window only to find the lifeless body of her husband, still in his seat belt.
I can only begin to image the scene she came up on. And I can only imagine how those images of her husband are burned into her mind. Can you picture yourself having those as the last visuals of your most precious loved one?
It makes me think about my step-son. It’s been over 2 years since he was in the car with his grandmother when they were hit by a drunk driver and he had to watch her die. He still has nightmares.
Tragic. Heartbreaking. Unnecessary. Preventable.
In her story, Constable Gaudino’s message was clear:
“Drinking and driving is not a mistake, it’s a choice.”
Go read her story here!
Or watch the newscast she was featured in. I cried.
In 2009, my beautiful mother-in-law’s life was cut tragically short by an impaired driver. In honor of Donna Jean Kennie, please don’t drink and drive. Impaired driving is 100% preventable. Think about it.
What do you think will stop people from driving impaired? What do we need to do? Tougher laws? More public awareness? Random breath testing? What do you think?