Sobering Consequences

Sobering Consequences

A Louisiana lawyer witnessed the impact of drunken driving after seeing her Delta Gamma sister killed near the Louisiana State University campus. Jennifer Lindsey said she watched her sorority sister cross a street and get hit and dragged by an oncoming car driven by an intoxicated student. Lindsey said she remains forever affected.

Awareness and prevention of drunken driving remains an important area of concern for Lindsey, the lead vocalist for the Dallas-based band Random Circumstance, and she tries to convey this message through the music her band performs.

Random Circumstance wrote a song titled “Stupid Mistake,” which will be featured on the CD “Austin Rockers for Life,” produced by Illumina Records in

support of the drunken driving awareness campaign Ground Control.

Massachusetts-based Illumina Records promotes drunken driving prevention and awareness. The company found Random Circumstance through MySpace.

The company looks for bands and singers with a clever sound and a worthy cause, said Nicole Van Eden, director of publicity for Illumina Records. Once Illumina Records chooses a band or singer, they place them on a national platform and illuminate the cause expressed by the band, Van Eden said.

“We want to shed more of a positive light on these bands,” Van Eden said. “They need to be heard.”

Random Circumstance continues to be Illumina Records’ favorite Texas band, Van Eden said.

Lindsey said “Stupid Mistake” correlates to the accident she witnessed. She said she uses her music to get messages out and raise awareness of the drunken driving problem in Texas.

According to The Texas Department of Transportation, every five hours a person is killed in an alcohol-related accident.

The song may be interpreted several ways but getting behind a wheel after drinking is conveyed in the lyrics, Lindsey said. The pain surrounding an event involved with drunken driving and the inability to take back time are powerful, she said.

“Young people just don’t get it,” Lindsey said. “They don’t understand the actual effects until something drastic happens to them.”

Lindsey said insufficient awareness on alcohol and its effects remains in college areas.

“No one seems to be promoting these things,” she said. “It’s so important.”

Lindsey said support for alcohol awareness lies with deans and high officials of these schools.

“Call upon the deans and see what it would cost the school to get cabs driving these students around,” Lindsey said.

She believes the school’s faculty should feel an obligation to promote such ideas that could possibly lessen the effects of drunken driving by students.

“Listen, college students are going to drink, no doubt about it, and they need to be guided,” Lindsey said. “The faculty of universities should look in to this more.