Families Of Drunk Driving Victims Remind You To Have New Year's Plan

By: April Davis/ Kelsie Smith
By: April Davis/ Kelsie Smith

Three people were killed across our state in drunk driving accidents last New Year's and with New Year's Eve this weekend- local families of drunk driving victims want to remind people to have a plan before they celebrate.

Glenna Bates of New Bern only has pictures now of her grandson Shawn who was killed by a drunk driver in New Jersey 2 years ago when he was 19 years old. Bates says he pain of his death is something she'll never get over.

"People really have to remember it just doesn't affect our family. What about the other family? I'm sure they're heartbroken too. This boy committed a murder," says Bates.

According to Highway Patrol, last New Year's Eve and New Year's Day there were 73 DWI crashes. Three of them were fatal. 93 people across the state were arrested during that time for DWIs.


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  • by Shine Location: NE NC on Jan 1, 2012 at 09:00 AM
    Agree w/ drink and don't drive --- or take prescription meds and don't that is why it is 'impaired' driving that doesn't really mean alcohol. Remember the "KEENENY'S" were the KNOWN RUM RUNNNERS DURING PROHIBITION. The Mafia got involved and that is the two that made all of the money. We can't control drug inflitration ........ ok let's outlaw weapons next ---- Think about it....... someone w/ a 1000 pounds of cocaine is going to worry if you think they have a machine gun????? Speak Easies started because of this --------- and I totally agree w/ you ------ If you want to drink --- drink at home or in a secured facility.
  • by pete Location: grifton on Jan 1, 2012 at 05:33 AM
    They have always had a plan drink get behind the wheel keep it between the ditches and last but not least take the back roads.now if you think they are going to change then you're stupid.as long as there is alcohol they will wolf it down & drive.you must not grocery shop & see the beer hounds with their 24 packs.
  • by Col. Colt Location: ENC on Dec 31, 2011 at 11:22 AM
    Every one be safe and careful (designated driver), gangbanders will kill more people than drunk drivers. Dont go places you dont belong or be ashamed to tell your friends about. Party safe.
  • by Wharf Rat Location: OIB on Dec 31, 2011 at 06:55 AM
    Party `til you puke, then call a cab.
  • by DIXIECHICK Location: ENC on Dec 31, 2011 at 03:28 AM
    I don't drink personally, but that of you that do, don't have a right to put my life in danger. If you do drink and drive, I can only hope that you are the only one involved in a wreck and get hurt enough to teach you a lesson.
  • by Quick Solution on Dec 30, 2011 at 08:09 PM
    Close all the bars....forever!
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      by Shine on Dec 31, 2011 at 04:18 AM in reply to Quick Solution
      Carry Nations ---- It didn't work then either. Prohibition ---- didn't work then either.
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      by c-had on Dec 31, 2011 at 04:25 AM in reply to Quick Solution
      Are you kidding me? No way grandma....
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        by Quick Solution on Dec 31, 2011 at 06:24 AM in reply to c-had
        I didn't say "Make Alcohol Consumtion Illegal"...I just meant, "keep it at home". You have to DRIVE to a bar (unless you live next door).
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          by Formerly O.L.I. on Dec 31, 2011 at 08:12 PM in reply to Quick Solution
          Quick Solution: I got what you meant; some people just have to make their cutesy posts. Have a safe, and prosperous New Year.
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          by c-had on Jan 3, 2012 at 08:09 AM in reply to Quick Solution
          Its just a naive way to think.The vast majority of duis are not from people leaving the bar so your solution wouldnt do a thing.Formerly OLI, Im glad you think Im cutesy. :) I try.
  • by 40some on Dec 30, 2011 at 08:07 PM
    Don't let anyone you know or love walk home because they're too drunk to drive. I think that it's something like 50% of pedestrian fatalities are a direct result of drunk walking.
  • by stay safe Location: Pitt County on Dec 30, 2011 at 07:50 PM
    For those who will be drinking away from home on New Years Eve, use one of your AAA calls if needed. Even if there is a small amount charged for any miles over the basic free 3 mile tow, it's about $12,000 cheaper than a DWI!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 30, 2011 at 07:00 PM
    Yeah get the drunk drivers off the road and then we will only have people murdering each other with guns and knives. Please people we die in so many ways. I know the Lord look down and shakes his head at his people.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 30, 2011 at 06:58 PM
    I'm 44, and the strongest drink I've ever had in my life is Pepsi. I've never had a desire to ever take that very first drink, and I really hope it's something I can pass on to my kids. This article is one reason why. You can't abuse what you never use.
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      by 40some on Dec 30, 2011 at 11:09 PM in reply to
      You're one lucky person.
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        by Anonymous on Dec 31, 2011 at 12:10 PM in reply to 40some
        ..and thank you, 40some. I agree!
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      by Pepsi on Dec 31, 2011 at 04:15 AM in reply to
      #1 Too much of anything is bad for you..... just because you have never eaten potato chips don't persecute someone for having a cold beer...... The sugar and the caffeine in pepsi is bad enough. Caffeine happens to be the most addictive drug in the world-
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        by Anonymous on Dec 31, 2011 at 06:12 AM in reply to Pepsi
        Pepsi, exactly where in my original post did I persecute anyone? For that matter, on the comparatively rare occasions I have a soft drink, I opt for the caffeine-free versions. Mostly, I drink water.
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      by obamanot on Dec 31, 2011 at 03:24 PM in reply to
      Poor Child!You can't abuse if you have will power!The power of something taking over your mind shows weakness.I hope you dont shift gears and switch to DR.Pepper,or Coke.That would be battery acid in your eyes...Good for your kids though,but what ever you do,dont push that pepsi on them!Dr.pepper or Coke might be next!
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        by Anonymous on Dec 31, 2011 at 04:38 PM in reply to obamanot
        ...and next thing you know, you're living in the gutter, strung out on Mountain Dew, or even worse..Cheerwine. Thanks for the advice. I'll be careful!
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          by obamanot on Dec 31, 2011 at 06:47 PM in reply to
          Why would anybody drink Moutain Dew when everbody knows it will give you heart burn from hell and eventually take your gall bladder away from you.Cheerwine?I don't know what that is.
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