Texas Mother Fights Drunk Driving With Facebook
"Every kid that survived is suffering and I just don't want it to happen to anybody else," says a Texas parent whose daughter was killed by a drunk driver in March of 2009. As a result, this mother has created a Facebook page where she posts mug shots of local individuals who have been charged with drunk driving.
Her main reason for the social networking initiative is to remind individuals that even if there is not a death or an injury, people are still negatively impacted by drunk driving every day.
At least two nights every week, the mother searches public police databases to find the mug shots. She has many followers and never denies anyone from joining.
More than 60 mug shots have since been posted on the page and these include people of all backgrounds including lawyers, officers and even students with whom her daughter attended school. Even if it's someone she knows personally, she still posts the picture.
"I didn't start this to be mean to anyone," says the mother; "I wanted people to know this could happen to anybody." And she sticks to her posts. When she receives requests to take down the pictures, she refuses. She states that everything she posts is public record.
This Texas mother also post links to stories about deaths or accidents caused by drunk drivers.
In addition to her efforts to inform the public about the dangers of drug or alcohol-impaired driving through her Facebook page, she also holds meetings at the Galveston County Courthouse each month where she tells of her daughter's story to individuals who have been convicted of alcohol or other substance-impaired driving.
"They can call me crazy but I'm not insane...my daughter is dead and so is her best friend," says the mother.