The Grim Reaper

Today was Grim Reaper Day at Staples.

To raise awareness of the dangers of drunk driving, the Teen Awareness Group (TAG) plastered the halls and lockers with informational signs and graphic posters.

Every 30 minutes, EMTs pulled a volunteer student out of class, painted his or her face white — and sent the teenager back, a chilling reminder of how often an American loses his life in an alcohol-related crash.

A sobering assembly — featuring a 25-year-old Fairfield woman whose life was shattered when her parents and grandparents were killed by a drunk driver — reinforced the important message.

Now we just need TAG to repeat the day — for adults.

5 responses to “The Grim Reaper

  1. Nice awareness. Did you know that more drunk walkers are killed each year than drunk drivers???? Seriously.

  2. Bobbie Herman

    But, Igor — how many drunk walkers kill other people?

  3. Touche.

  4. Michael McGovern

    Connecticut is one of only seven states that does not have an open container law. The others are Mississippi, Arkansas, Virginia, West Virginia, Missouri and Delaware. Interesting company.

    We have elections in November for State Senate and State Representative. I will be interested to hear where the candidates stand on this issue, as it is in the hands of the State Legislature to change.

  5. Innocent Bystander

    Do you actually think a open container law would prevent drunk drivers? Lord, it is merely a bandaid. We have the technology to institute sobriety checks within a simple ignition key i.e. the car will not start if you have a certain level of booze in you. Instead, people would rather pay their money for their car to parallel park for them. Mr. McGovern, sir, you are trying to bunt with the bases loaded. Swing for the fences!