In September 2010, Kortnie Forbes was driving her three children near the intersection of Forty 5 Road and McRae Road NW when she lost control of the car and struck a utility pole, a rock and then a light pole. Her son, 7, was ejected from the car and died at the scene. When authorities arrived, they found Forbes to be intoxicated and in shock, and she eventually had to be restrained and removed from the scene. Her other two children were taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries and observation. Recently, Forbes was sentenced to no less than two years in prison after pleading guilty to vehicular manslaughter.

The consequences of drinking and driving can be tragic. You don’t know who you might be hurting, or how close those affected might be to you. Every time you get behind the wheel drunk you put yourself and everyone else on the road with you at risk. As a Seattle personal injury attorney, I have seen firsthand the way these accidents can tear a family apart.  Unfortunately, just as you can’t be trusted to be safe driver after you’ve been drinking, you can’t be trusted to find yourself a safe ride home, either. You need to plan ahead if you are going to be drinking; make sure that you have  a designated driver or that you are prepared to take a cab home. You could just be saving a life.

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