It's easy to talk about the consequences of drinking and driving. For two Georgia men, they're living with the consequences.
They shared those consequences with students at Sioux City East, and Sioux City North high schools, Tuesday.
Chris Sandy, Speaker said, "That's the hardest part, right? I mean, going back and pointing out the biggest mistakes in life." For Chris Sandy, it was the night of April 11th, 2000. "I wish I wouldn't ever have gone to the party to begin with," Sandy said. "I wish I hadn't slammed those drinks before I got in the car."
Sandy hit, and killed, a couple in a drunk driving crash. "I'm trying to do the best I can to take that horrible decision I made in my life, but one that so many of my friends have made, and turning that into something that can help someone," Sandy said.
During his 8-years in prison, Sandy started speaking about the dangers of drinking and driving. It's something he continues, today, alongside Eric Krug. On April 11th, 1997, Krug was celebrating his 21st birthday. He was a passenger in a car, with a drunk driver behind the wheel, when an accident left him brain-injured, wheelchair bound and unable to speak without the help of his iPad. "It's tough because I see a bunch of these kids, just like me," said Krug through his iPad.
Their message, 'don't drink and drive', seems simple enough. But, Sandy says it goes beyond that. "We don't want them to drink and drive, but it all comes down to the choices they're making," Sandy said.
Sandy wants to make them think about those choices. "If they can walk out of there and start thinking about the choices they've made, or choices they plan on making, then we've done something because we've made them think," Sandy said.
Thinking about what they want to do with their lives, and what they don't. "Don't let me do that," said Krug through his iPad.
Sandy got to know Krug as Krug's mother would bring him to visit Sandy in prison. As they spread their message, the two have become best friends. And, Sandy is now married to Krug's sister.
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