Every Face Tells a Story
These personal accounts from offenders and survivors of drunk driving give stark reminders of the importance of always finding a sober ride.
Mike's DWI Story
After a night of drinking with friends, Mike was going on a quick, late night food run. On the drive, he crashed his car and landed in jail. The DWI ended up costing him over $17,000 in fines and fees.
Jon's DWI Story
Jon’s night out drinking with friends turned into a nightmare that cost him $15,000 in fines and fees, a night in jail, hours of community service, and the loss of his job.
Andres' DWI Story
What started as tailgating with friends at a football game, ended with Andres going to jail for drunk driving. His DWI cost him shame, guilt, and over $10,000 in fines and fees.
Walter's DWI Story
Walter's night ended with red and blue flashing lights when he illegally turned down a one-way street while driving drunk. His choice to drink and drive that night led to many negative consequences. Walter went to jail and the DWI he received has cost him thousands of dollars and made it difficult for him to find a decent job for years.
A trip from Sunday church turned tragic when a drunk driver hit Analicia's family, killing her mother and putting Analicia in the hospital for a week. She was only 4 years old.
Pam lost her son in a single vehicle car crash after he was driving while under the influence of alcohol. He was only 25 years old.
Jessica lost her mom when she was a teenager. A casual drive in their hometown yielded the worst-case scenario. They were hit head on by a drunk driver, killing her mom instantly and forcing Jessica to be bedridden in the hospital for over a month.
Guillermo's DWI Story
A night out with friends turned into a nightmare for Guillermo. The choice he made to drink and drive cost him his relationship, his job, his driver's license, and it brought on a litany of emotions and responsibilities. All of this because he drove while under the influence.
Richie's DWI Story
A night of drinking at a friend's house came with a hefty price tag for Richie. He drove home while under the influence of alcohol and crashed into someone's home costing him 10 days in jail, a year probation, 250 hours of community service, and a $30,000 fine. Luckily, no one was hurt.
At 22, Sean Carter was a college junior out drinking with friends. He knew he was in no condition to drive home – but neither was the buddy who gave him a ride. The driver walked away from the crash that left Sean in a wheelchair and unable to speak. Now a computer is his voice.
Jade was a spirited and animated young girl who loved to make people laugh. She was the queen of the house, the baby of the family, the spark in everyone’s life. Then, just a few days shy of her 10th birthday, while she and her family were driving back from her birthday party, a drunk driver T-boned their car, killing her in the crash.
No one saw it coming. One day they were joking with a guy they’d known since they were kids. The next day he was gone. Now Aaron’s buddies speak out against drinking and driving whenever they have a chance. They talk about the speeding drunk driver who slammed into their friend and took his life at 1:36 a.m. on a warm summer night. They tell others to make smart choices. It’s what Aaron would want, they say. He’d want to help in any way he could.
On a hot Saturday afternoon in July, 7-year-old Xitclalli Vásquez—friends and family call her Chilli—was on her way home from the mall after getting her hair cut and having a manicure. She wanted to look pretty for her birthday just three days away. A drunk driver in a stolen pickup speeding the wrong way down a busy Fort Worth street slammed head-on into her car. Chilli’s injuries were massive, but she is a miracle child. After 105 days in the hospital, Chilli went home to her—and her family’s—new life.
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