Your Voice: Be super safe for the Super Bowl
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Attention Super Bowl revelers: Are you ready for the big game?

Many families and friends gather on Super Bowl Sunday — Feb. 2 this year — to have fun. This day is similar to the holidays, because joy and danger are present. Drivers fear that drunken drivers leaving bars, restaurants or Super Bowl-themed parties may hit them.

I know this fear. When I was 16 in 1992, a drunken driver hit me head on. He changed my life.

I had multiple broken and dislocated bones, torn tendons, a swollen brain and paralysis, and I spent weeks in a coma. I stayed at two hospitals for seven months. Therapy followed at a clinic and at the Tracy hospital (now Sutter Tracy Community Hospital) for 17 months.

I can walk, but my hearing capability is damaged, I have a speech impediment, and I lost my driving ability. I intend to teach others to stay sober when driving. This can prevent others from facing the difficult life I have.

Those watching the game at a bar, restaurant or party must follow these tips if drinking:

• Designate a sober driver before the party begins.

• Eat plenty of food, take breaks and have nonalcoholic drinks.

• Don’t drink fast! How can you enjoy the party and game if you are busy drinking?

• Be proud of yourself for calling a cab, a friend or a family member to pick you up if you’re drunk. Everyone else will be.

I guarantee you, safe and sober drivers will ensure a touchdown for all.

Lori Martin, Tracy

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