By Sacred Hoops Staff
A lot of proms and graduations coming up in the next few weeks and the staff of Sacred Hoops would like to remind parents to have those conversations about drinking and driving.
Twelve years ago Belvedere resident Joyce Glynn got the call no mother wants to get. Her recently graduated son, Michael Glynn had been in a post-graduation, alcohol-related accident. Eventually Michael was life-flighted to Sioux Falls....He didn't make it.
On May 15, 2006, Michael Glynn, a Belvidere teenager, crashed his vehicle while driving home from a high school graduation party where he had been drinking alcohol. Two days later, he died as a result of his injuries. Michael was 18 years old.
The following year, to memorialize Michael’s death and remind others not to drink and drive, the South Dakota Highway Patrol held a sobriety checkpoint in Michael’s name in Mellette County.
His mother, Joyce Glynn, spoke out in support of the checkpoint. “I appreciate the Department of Public Safety holding this checkpoint in memory of Michael,” Glynn said. “I hope everyone who is stopped will be sober and alcohol-free, but if they’re not, I’m glad they are going to be stopped and not allowed to continue driving in that condition.”
“I wish Michael would have been stopped last year when he was driving while intoxicated, even if it meant a fine and going to court. At least he would be alive.”
Emilio Boyzo - Ft. Thompson
On July 3, 2004, Emilio Boyzo was drinking with some friends in Fort Thompson. He chose to drive home on his own and, about 12 miles from his destination, lost control of his car and went off the road into a gully.
Emilio loved playing basketball. He left behind a loving family and a sister whom he never got to meet. His family is dedicated to reminding every young person that underage drinking and driving can leave a family mourning forever.
Got some information from a website: https://safesouthdakota.com that has some stats and pertinent information about drinking and driving.
* Since 2006, 76 SD teens were killed in alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes.
In that same time, 1024 South Dakota teenagers were injured in alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes.
These deaths and injuries are preventable, but only if you talk to your kids.
PARENTS MATTER. HAVE THE TALK.
Young people: You are the eyes and ears out there on these most special nights...Take charge, have a plan and don't let a friend drink and drive!
Going to share a video but just wanted to say have a great prom and a tremendous graduation...We care about you, we love you and we want to see you have many happy tomorrows.
For more information on PARENTS MATTER, contact PRAIRIE VIEW PREVENTION SERVICES at 1-800-343-9272. Funding provided by Dakota Drug and Alcohol Prevention Inc. dba Prairie View Prevention Services.