Posted by Chris, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Apr 23, 2008 at 1:52 pm
Kids, pay attention, if you by any chance reading this string, take to heart what you saw demonstrated, it is real, it happens, as we have experienced, and it is PREVENTABLE> If you know you are going to drink, find a sober driver, make arrangements to get a ride, or just stay put....the thinking while you are still intoxicated that you are fine is not real. Drinking and Driving Kills, now that is REAL. Please be smart, have fun, but be safe...god bless all...
Posted by Smart not MADD, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Apr 23, 2008 at 9:48 pm
You are absolutely WRONG. It is not OK for teens or young adults to get intoxicated if they arrange for a designated driver. It is not OK for them to get intoxicated at all. It is illegal. And there was a fatal accident in Pleasanton caused by a drunk teenage passenger who caused the car to go out of control. Getting intoxicated leaves young girls incapable of protecting themselves against rape. It leads to sexual promiscuity and STDs. And it is ILLEGAL!!! Why would you encourage this? And don't tell me that everyone does it so we should just accept it. Everyone does not do it and those that do probably do so because a message like yours makes it seem normal and acceptable -as long as you don't drive.
Posted by marie, a resident of the Castlewood neighborhood, on Apr 24, 2008 at 12:16 pm
Pleasanton has been doing this program for years and we still have one or more kids killed each year. I know that Laurel & Katie attended this. So is this working? maybe its time to do something else to get their attention.
Posted by Chris, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Apr 24, 2008 at 12:31 pm
Smart: Of course it is NOT o.k, of course it IS illegal. Does that stop themm? NO. So what are you saying put the fear in them, it is the fear in them that stops them from calling their parents!!!!!!....I am living in the real world where they do party like this and just asking them to think. No not all kids do, but here in the "real" world MOST do. You may be smart, but you are not very bright.
Posted by Hmmmmm, a resident of the Foothill Knolls neighborhood, on Apr 24, 2008 at 4:47 pm
Drinking age 16, Driving age 21. Parents would never go for this as it would be too inconvienient...... Kids are going to experiment, always have always will. Make it illegal to drive until they're 21 and much of the problem would go away. Probably would have a lot of drunks walking around town though.....
Posted by Jerry, a resident of the Oak Hill neighborhood, on Apr 25, 2008 at 1:09 am
Don't know if simulations such as these are effective but if it "hits home" with just one observer then it's worthwhile. Looking back upon my experiences as a teen many, many years ago, I think we truly believed we were invincible and it "only happens to the other person".
Posted by Lady, a resident of the Happy Valley neighborhood, on Apr 25, 2008 at 1:38 pm
kids are gonna drink and party no matter what. Not saying all kids do but a lot of them do. Most kids do say they will never drink and drive but the problem is they dont think they are that drunk after two or three beers. thts is the problem along with othere kids not looking out for their friends. Parents you dont have to be okay with youre children drinking and should punish them but always let them know you will pick them up drunk or not. Then the next day let them have it. I dont know how many times i have been grateful tht my parents picked me up.
Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore, on Apr 26, 2008 at 12:39 pm
Kids are gonna experiment with alcohol and drugs and many more will die or harm innocent others in senseless accidents. It seems to me that many parents are willing to play the odds and pretend that their kids are safe. With (Comment partially removed by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff)DRIVERS like Miss Katie around, it will happen again and again and again and again...