Students Say Don't Drink and Drive

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Many kids grow up looking forward to their senior year of high school, but for Tara Baldrick, the summer before her senior year wasn't a time full of excitement.

Baldrick was driving when she was hit by a drunk driver, forcing her into a wheelchair for several months.

"To actually be thrown into that position, not by my choice, but through someone else's choice to drink and drive. I have to live with that now."

Baldrick is trying to make a difference as the treasurer of the FSU group Knowing About Responsible Management of Alcohol and other drugs (KARMA).

The mission is to plant trees with pledges on them encouraging students not to drink and drive this holiday season. The goal is to have 1,000 students sign a tree pledge.

Tabitha Krol, the president of "KARMA," said, "There are a group of students out there who really do want to not drink and drive for the holidays and this is a great way for them to show it."

The Florida Department of Highway and Motor Vehicles says in 2005 over the 96-hour Christmas holiday nearly 40 percent of traffic fatalities were alcohol related.

Dan Moore, the "KARMA" advisor, said, "When we don't think ahead before we drink and that's the problem. We go out without thinking and then we end up in trouble."

And trouble is what one recent suspected drunk driver might find himself in, after he wrecked with a Leon County Sheriff Deputy's patrol car on Friday. The trees are located on the lawn of Landis Green outside of the Strozier Library on FSU's campus.