Survivor of Drunk-Driving Crash Shares Message on St.
Patrick’s Day is a popular holiday for drinking, but it can also be a dangerous time on the roads.
According to the CDC, a person is killed by a drunk driver every 45 minutes in the United States.
Tess Rowland, National President of Mothers Against Drunk Driving and a survivor of a drunk-driving crash, is sharing her message on how to prevent these tragedies from happening.
Rowland’s message is simple: drunk driving is a choice, and crashes never have to happen.
For those who plan on drinking to celebrate the holiday, she urges them to make a plan.
This could mean designating a driver, using a rideshare service, or using public transportation.
Rowland knows firsthand the devastating impact of a drunk-driving crash.
In May of 2021, she was on her way to work as a television news journalist when she was hit head-on by a suspected wrong-way drunk driver.
She has since undergone seven surgeries and continues to deal with chronic pain.
To prevent drunk drivers from getting on the road, Rowland encourages everyone to play a part.
If someone sees a potentially impaired driver, they should call 911.
By taking these precautions, Rowland hopes to prevent more tragic accidents from happening.
Patrick’s Day approaches, Rowland’s message is more important than ever.
By making a plan and choosing not to drive after drinking, everyone can help prevent senseless tragedies on the roads.