PORTLAND — 14 years ago, Joan Miller and her husband were attending a business conference in Utah. They were headed back to their hotel when they were hit by a drunk driver. Joan’s injuries were so severe that she almost died.
She had a traumatic brain injury. Her life has not been the same since. She can no longer work or drive. She had to learn to walk, talk, read, write and feed herself all over again.
The driver of the other car was visibly impaired, but according to Miller, the people at the Air Force Officer’s club kept giving the man drinks. When we was arrested, he blew a .19. Through the years, Miller has be able to forgive him.
“My life has changed 100 percent,” says Miller. She spends her time volunteering at Good Samaritan Hospital and enjoys spending time in the healing garden at Emanuel Hospital.
She regularly visits classrooms telling students how harmful drunk driving can be. Her hope is that every driver will be responsible headed into the New Years party season and plan for rides or just spending the night of they get too drunk.
The OLCC has outlined party tips to help hosts determine whether guests are sober. They say it’s very important to know the signs of visible intoxication. Ultimately, it’s the host who is responsible for guests and anyone they might injury if they live a party under the influence.