Tonight, millions of people throughout Massachusetts and the rest of the country will be celebrating the end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013. However, one way New Year's Eve celebrations can quickly turn tragic is when drunk drivers cause fatal car accidents.
That's the message a Boston mother is delivering this holiday after her son was killed by a drunk driver in 2008 as he walked home from work on Soldiers Field Road in Brighton. The woman wants to remind drivers -- and pedestrians -- that all it takes is "a split second" to kill someone or lose a loved one.
Recently, the woman spoke at a Massachusetts State Police press conference as an advocate urging the public not to drink and drive. State police also offered their own incentive, warning people that they will be cracking down on drunk drivers on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
This year, state police have arrested 4,800 suspected drunk drivers, which was 1,000 more arrests than in 2011. Because the New Year's holiday often goes hand-in-hand with alcohol consumption, the state police said there will be even more law enforcement on the roads tonight.
"Our goal is to remove dangerous and drunken drivers from our roads before they hit anyone and cause a tragedy," said a state police colonel.
Not only do fatal drunk driving accidents tear apart the families of the victims, the families of the drivers also suffer immensely, the Boston mother said. That's why it's best to not even risk it.
"Call a designated driver, call a cab, walk if it's not too far," she said at the press conference. "Do anything except drink and drive."
Source: CBS Boston, "Mother Of Drunk Driving Victim Makes Plea Ahead Of New Year's Holiday," Lauren Leamanczyk, Dec. 28, 2012