This is the type of thing that makes me really angry. In addition to the whole notion of getting behind the wheel like intoxicated, the person in question here, Rep. Jeffrey Wood, is an elected official. What a great example for the kids in Bloomer, Wisconsin. The trouble is how many parents of those kids do not really see the problem that we have as a state with our drinking culture? That is not to pick on Bloomer, pick any locale, and the same is true.
Wisconsin State Representative Jeffrey Wood, as shown above, in what will become the political ad for his future opponents.
My aim here is not to embarrass Rep. Wood. (He already has done that to himself.) I, in fact, like some of his political points of view. I applauded his stand against his own (former) party, and thought him courageous. But there is a need to highlight, I think, this type of drinking incidence over and over until we all get it in our heads.
It is NOT OK to drink and drive.
Leave aside the fact that this guy makes the laws, and therefore should truly respect them. The fact that he was putting other lives in danger over his desire to drive while intoxicated is really a chilling thought if you actually sit down and ponder it. I know we hear this so often that we forget the real consequences to this type of behavior. But drinking and driving has horrible effects on those that are impacted.
I hope not just to hear, ” I am sorry” from Rep. Wood. Instead I want to hear more of a public discussion on ways to combat this social ill. From those who run the establishments and make money on this matter, to those who belly up to the bar, there has to be a better appreciation for the consequences of drinking and driving.