The picture above is only a small slice of an interactive map graphic the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel calls Sobering Reminders, just one part of the much bigger Wasted in Wisconsin reviewed on TDA earlier this month. The pictures each represent a victim of drunk driving for each county in Wisconsin, just a few of the over 1,600 who died from 2003 to 2007 in alcohol-related accidents. As I clicked on each of the pictures and read the recap of their expiration, I was struck by the utter meaningless method of their demise.
One died drunk driving with a learner’s permit. A guy ran over his girlfriend. A young man was thrown from the back of a truck. A young married couple was plowed into from behind- both dead. No one died serving their country, pursuing a loved hobby or life-long career, in service of others or finally dragged down after a prolonged health battle… nope, they all died because of a silly beverage.
A meaningless death by insignificant means, but to loved ones left behind the tragedy is great, the pain is substantial, and the loss is all too memorable.