The voices you should hear before you drive drunk today

The Minnesota State Patrol is beefing up enforcement over the holidays…. blah blah blah blah.

Let’s face it: You’ve heard this a million times and it doesn’t have any impact on how we drive. Of course they’re beefing up enforcement over the holidays, but people still drink up and hop in the car and plenty of sober ones pull out the smartphone to check the latest insipid text.

We ignore the usual warnings because it’s just the way we are.

Part of it is because we don’t see the tears in the eyes of people like Courtney Pogones, of Austin, Minn., who yesterday tried to get something through our thick heads by describing the day in 2002 that someone killed her mother.

“I still feel like the 14-year-old girl who waited for her mother to come,” she said.

No…no…. don’t scroll. Click.

“My name is Craig Barnd and I am responsible for Courtney not having a mom,” Craig Barndt said after Courtney told her story.

Then he told his.

“I never though it would happen to me,” he said.

State Patrol Lt. Tiffani Schweigart says New Year’s Eve is generally quiet now “because people make good choices.”

But she said that’s not the case on Thanksgiving eve.

  • kay smith

    Powerful stuff, Bob. Thanks.

  • pbacken

    Thanks for the powerful reminder…and I did want to scroll and not take the time. So glad I didn’t.

  • Ron Fresquez

    Good piece Bob.