Here come the holidays

Enjoy holiday events like the Harvest Open House on Saturday, Nov. 4 in Susanville.

Even with jolly spirits, danger arises on the roads.

Look at these CHP records: On the Fourth of July weekend in 2022, 998 were arrested for Driving Under the Influence and 44 were killed on California roads.

For 2023, 1,224 were arrested and 68 killed. For the Christmas weekend in California last year 639 were arrested for DUI while 25 were killed in fatal crashes. Notice arrests and fatalities went up for Fourth of July? Please, do not make that true for the Christmas weekend.

Sober driving is vital everyday. When I was 16 in 1992, I was hit by a drunk driver. I had broken and dislocated bones, was in a coma for four months, suffered a traumatic brain injury and much more.

My hearing, talking and walking abilities are damaged. I cannot drive. It is difficult to start relationships, read lips, etc. A complex life and many dreams ended more than 31 years ago.

Taking Highway 36 to and from a party? Driving buzzed or drunk is foolish. Sober rides are always available: sober friend, ride-hauling services, etc. Reminding drinkers to drive sober will never get old. Live my stressful life for three decades and you will see.

Lori Martin, Tracy, California