Drunk Driving

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 GREC# 169695

It was a fender bender.  We were in town and stopped at a traffic light waiting for the "arrow" to signal we could turn left when the car across from us began to roll forward (not really speed, but like taking off from a stop when the light turns green), but she didn't maintain her lane, almost ran down some pedestrians who scrambled out of the way and came into our lane and whacked my daughter's car.

The next 30 seconds I think I had about 50 emotions.  First, I checked on the baby. Second I put my husband in charge of the baby, next I followed my furious daughter who was exiting the car.  I too was furious that some idiot just ran into us. The passenger had also exited the car that hit us. He screamed "she passed out". My daughter and I immediately switched from anger to concern and rushed to her.  Well it turns out she DID pass out, it also turns out that her passing out had NOTHING to do with a medical emergency that was the first leap of thinking my daughter and I did. It was 7:30 ish PM and she was so sloppy drunk she couldn't even exit her car. Emotions then circled from shock, outrage, concern, pissed off... you name it and I felt it.

Still have no idea what her name is or if she is insured.  When you wreck in small town America on a Friday night you get the police report on Monday. What I do know if that woman is incredibly lucky that my 5 month old grandson wasn't harmed (by the way he will be seeing a doctor on Monday to confirm that because any time an infant is in an accident they should be examined. My daughter has also ordered a new car seat, because anytime a baby's car seat has been in an accident Chico (the manufacturer) recommends replacement.

The emotion I am left with this morning is anger. I am beyond being upset about the fact that my daughter's car (which is fairly new) is damaged, but more that some dumbass (sorry for the language, but that's a nice as I can feel about her) put other people's lives at risk. I fully intend to make sure that she loses her license for the maximum possible time.  She not only made a very bad impaired decision after she was drunk and still decided to drive she also made an equally irresponsibe decision to go out and drink when she knew she'd be driving herself when she left that bar. She openly admitted to drinking shots to the police right in front of us. She did however refuse to take a breathalyzer. 

I hope she has some regrets now that she's had time to sober up. I'll end this with a whole hearted plea to each of you to not only NEVER drink and drive, but also a request that you share this message.  You'd think people would be responsible enough to not drink and drive, it's just not so.  They need reminding.

 

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Wow Tammy Lankford, that is awful! AND she had a passenger with her that was allowing her to drive as well? The passenger must have been drunk too? I am so glad you are okay, and you are wise to take your grandbaby to the doctor to check. I'm so sorry that happened. -Kasey

Sep 29, 2018 04:35 PM #1
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Tammy Lankford,
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Kasey & John Boles Yes, the passenger was also VERY drunk.  He got in my daughter's face and she verbally, yet forcefully told him he had better walk away. If he hadn't I think he was about to spend the night in the pookie too.

Sep 29, 2018 04:44 PM #2
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Having dated a detective for a while before I was married...I learned..no matter how minor it may seem....always, always go to the ER or urgent care to be checked out. If whiplash or whatever else appears days later...as well it can...and you have no medical record of getting "checked out"...you will be Out of luck in recovering medical bills.....glad everyone is OK !

Sep 29, 2018 05:24 PM #3
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I agree with Sally K. & David L. Hanson  hopefully you went to the ER or urgent care after an accident especially with a baby in the car .  Sure the driver should not have been driving under the influence of alcohol especially drinking shots . The weekend is not over best to go to the ER at the Hospital and get checked out w/ baby - better safe then sorry

Sep 29, 2018 05:47 PM #4
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Tammy, I'm so thankful that accident wasn't more severe, and can imagine the range of emotions you felt. Hopefully many eyes will see your post and take your message to heart.  (Do you send out a newsletter? Your post would be a great inclusion.)

Sep 29, 2018 06:00 PM #5
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Tammy I am so sorry to read this post, what a situation, I am so glad you and the family was safe, sadly people like this will continue to drive even if they do not have a license....Endre

Sep 29, 2018 11:30 PM #6
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This story had chills running down my back... glad your family was safe in the end. One of my good clients was killed on a Sunday mornning driving home from church by a drunk driver. This client typically had any number of grandchldren in his car on Sunday mornings... a miracle that he didn't on that day. I believe in the Japanese system... one offense and you lose your license for life. Although, as we sadly know, lack of license doesn't stop many from driving. It's also a reason we carry heavy duty uninsured and under insured policies.

Sep 29, 2018 11:39 PM #7
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Morning Tammy.

After 29 years in law enforcement I've see the devastation drunk driving can cause. Thankfully, no one was injured or worse.  I can tell you stories that will make your toes curl. 

Sep 30, 2018 03:49 AM #8
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Good morning Tammy. This was sooooooo scary to read. I'm glad no one appears to have been hurt. I would hate to be her as you tell the story in court.

Sep 30, 2018 08:01 AM #9
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson oh we did.  I may be seeing my chiropractor on Monday as well.  Nothing bad on any of us, but feeling sore a little.

Hannah Williams my daughter works in an ER so no worries and Coop will follow up with his pediatrician as well.

Lottie Kendall that's a good idea.  I'll share it in a community group.

 

 

 

Sep 30, 2018 01:08 PM #10
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Endre Barath, Jr. oh I plan to be vidulent in following up with the DA and I'll make sure she isn't behind the wheel for that 6 months without getting another ticket. With a daughter in EMS and a husband in Law Enforcement I have plenty of friends who will see to that.

Nina Hollander Hopefully she has decent insurance, but we're covered well too.  It pays to have your own great insurance.

Sep 30, 2018 01:11 PM #11
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Tammy Lankford,
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James Dray I'm sure you saw a lot.  My family has shared many stories over the years.  My husband has 30 years between his MP years in the Army and then state LE and my daughter worked 7 years on the road in EMS as a EMT, then Medic before becoming a nurse last year and moving to an ER after her maternity leave this past spring.

Sheila Anderson I don't feel fabulous.  It left me sore, but I think it was from the emotional part of it as much as anything.  But that woman is really lucky our baby was a-okay or I might have been in the cell next to her.

Sep 30, 2018 01:14 PM #12
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Thankfully it was at a light like this and she had been stopped and was not running a red light. It certainly could have been much worse....not that it's any better that it happened at all. 

Oct 02, 2018 05:57 PM #13
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Tammy Lankford, Oh, Thank God that everyone is alright...what a frightening thing to happen and knowing it could have been so much worse.

Oct 02, 2018 08:21 PM #14
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What did the doctor say about Cooper, Tammy? I'm sorry I couldn't take your call yesterday - it's been an insane week, trying to catch-up after Ray's hospitalization. All is well in Charlotte...at least at this moment!

Again, I'm so sorry about this and I'm anxious to hear what the police report says too. She needs to be UNDER the jail!

Oct 04, 2018 09:27 PM #15
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