I'd like to talk about age, alcohol and automobiles. I'm 22 years old and my first experience with these subjects was 11 years ago. At that time, as pedestrians on a residential street, a friend and I were struck by an automobile driven by a middle-aged driver. My friend almost died. I was luckier and went home from the hospital that evening with minor bruises and a never-ending horrifying memory.
My second experience came the other night when a friend and I were dining at a local restaurant. This time there were two of them, both middle-aged and very drunk. One of them fell down twice--bumping into customers and tables. I commend the hostess who called a cab and was quite adamant that these men were not going to drive their own cars home. The men left through a back entrance so I do not know how or if they ever reached their next destination. All I know is that I arrived home safely. I pray that those two men did not get behind the wheel of an automobile.
What I'd like to say about age is that I have had two experiences with the older drunken person. I'm not excusing teen-agers--I'm against the mixing of alcohol and automobiles--however, the media seems to be having a field day giving attention to teens who drink and drive.
Why would a teen-ager pay any heed to a warning when the "older and wiser" adult doesn't? What ever happened to role models? I don't blame teens for not listening--would you?
MARCY C. VINER