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Edit: Student Fatalities Provide Lesson

The Idaho Argonaut Editorial Board says there's a lesson to be learned in the tragic accident that killed two students and sent four others to the Gritman Medical Center Saturday morning: "Under no circumstances is driving drunk a choice any person should make. Although it’s a message most of us have heard since kindergarten, we tend to belittle its importance. As college students we have the mentality that we are forever young and indestructible, and something as horrible as dying in a drunk driving accident could never happen. It’s unfortunate that it takes the death of one or two of our peers for the reality of drunk driving sink in. College culture exposes students to new freedoms, including the freedom to drink alcohol. But with this newfound freedom comes responsibility — responsibility to make decisions protecting your own safety and the safety of people around you"/UIdaho Argonaut Editorial Board. More here.

Question: Have you lost a family member or a friend as a result of a drunken driving accident?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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