25 Jun '11, 6pm
Tragic Waiting List Claims Ryan Dunn: Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) predicts that 10,839 people will die
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) predicts that 10,839 people will die in drunk-driving accidents this year in America. That’s a great many blank lines on a waiting list of tragedy. It will be populated by individuals who seemingly never see it coming. Driving while drunk kills people
still. It’s just the same as twenty years ago when I got that call in the middle of the night. My mother rousted me with a gentle shake and whispered, “Chris
your friend Mandy is on the phone, and she needs to talk to you. Something has happened.” My mom was more of a that-phone-better-not-ring-after-10pm kind of mom and her voice was full of something new, an intensity that I didn’t recognize. A scan of the mental family history returned nothing I could use to decipher what it all meant, what might explain the contradiction of darkness, phones, and a non-hostile mom secretary. I was, to...