A man who lost his wife and unborn child in a drunk driving accident in 1993 has become an advocate in the fight to prevent drunk drivers from getting behind the wheel. He is biking over 200 miles and is set to travel from Salisbury to Wilmington. The man survived the drunk driving accident but was left with a traumatic brain injury that has impaired both his speech and memory. He also sustained nerve damage in his hands and his legs.
The man struggles daily from the effect of the injuries received in the accident. He has difficulty balancing without wearing special shoes and struggles with his left hand grip. He says that he still wakes up in the morning unable to feel his legs. By making the bike trek, he hopes to raise awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving and encourage lawmakers to increase penalties for drunk driving offenders.
The man plans to ride almost 90 miles on the first day. He will ride about 70 miles on the second and third day. In addition to the bike trek, he also plans to take part in a Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) event and is in the process of raising money for it. The man wants to spread the word about the mission of MADD and also education the general public about the potential dangers drinking and driving can bring.
It has been almost 20 years since the man lost his wife and unborn daughter in the drunk driving accident, but he still suffers daily from the consequences of that accident. The Wilmington bike ride is his way of trying to show people the long-reaching effects a small decision can make. The effects of a drunk driving accident in North Carolina can be tragic and long-standing, and by spreading awareness the man hopes to diminish the number of accidents that occur.
Source: Salisbury Post, "Man biking to Wilmington to raise awareness about drinking and driving," Sarah Campbell, May 1, 2012