Candyman06, I agree with Nurse Nell - and THANKS Jeff, for standing up.
I don't know the details of young Jamie's death. I don't know if alcohol was a factor.
BUT One thing my dad always told me, and I have told my children: If you need a ride, call me. I don't care what time, I don't care how far. DO NOT drive or ride in a car with someone who's been drinking.
I put huge emphasis on the fact that there will be NO repercussions, NO questions asked, it will NEVER be spoken of again. Just call me, and I will come get you.
Now, that being said, it is still inherent upon my child to actually call me. To take a stand and defy his friends, or to realize he's too drunk to drive.
That's a lot to ask of anyone, and probably more so of a younger person.
I think what Nell was trying to say, is that it's a double-shame that IF she was too impaired to drive, Jamie couldn't call someone, didn't call someone, or that someone didn't step in and stop her from driving.
It is a tragic loss, and followed closely to another tragic loss, the young Foreign Exchange Student from Merrill. Too sad, how preventable these deaths may have been.