If you could do something to make the world a better place, would you do it?
If you could end pain and suffering, or save a life, would you do it?
Nov. 2, 2011, marks the 22nd birthday of my daughter, Janet Marie Hardy. It has been eight years since Janet was killed by a drunk driver at the age of 13, just one week before her 14th birthday. In her memory, I'm asking everyone to do something to stop drunk and impaired driving.
Talk to your family, especially young drivers, about drinking and driving and the consequences. Make sure to designate a sober driver. Always wear your seat belt. Report drunk and impaired drivers to the police. Contact your local legislators for harsher laws and your local judges for harsher punishments.
Drunk drivers do not discriminate. They do not look at age, race or gender when they crash their vehicles into innocent people. They will not stand at your loved one's grave and cry or know the loneliness of empty arms on birthdays and holidays.
Drunk and impaired drivers kill with no respect to life. A purely selfish act that is 100 percent preventable.
I ask you, during this difficult time of year for my family and all those who love Janet, do something to stop drunk driving and do in her memory! One person can make a difference. Be that ONE person!