As students at Western Michigan University, we must consider ourselves very lucky for the opportunities that we have experienced here; whether it is in the classroom or hanging out with your closest friends throughout the week.
However, there are many people in this world that do not ever get to make these kinds of memories, and grow from lessons he or she has learned, because of one mistake that many make each day.
On March 16, in Macomb County, four teens were killed in a car accident due to a woman who did not think of the consequences that could come about from getting into her car and driving with a blood alcohol level nearly three times over the limit.
Due to her actions, lives of some amazing kids were lost, who now will never be able to experience some of the greatest times that were yet to come, while their devastated family members were left with undying heartaches. For the woman who decided to make this life-changing mistake, she too will be recovering from the accident and facing serious jail time and 15 felonies.
With that story in mind and many other stories similar to that, Western Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention, Eta Sigma Gamma and Drive Safe Kalamazoo will be at the flagpoles on Wednesday to highlight Alcohol Awareness Month.
Members of these programs will be handing out information and making students, staff and faculty members aware of all the “what ifs” while being intoxicated.
Hopefully, some students will make the pledge not to drink and drive. It is very important for everyone to understand the consequences of getting behind the wheel after a night of drinking, and that there are always safer alternatives to getting home.
Please stop by and start making a difference!