Lexington, SC (WLTX) - As New Year's Eve approaches many people will celebrate with alcoholic beverages. But, those who make the wrong choice to drink and drive often times affect more than just one person.
"I couldn't put a tree up, that was my and Jonathan's job, every year just me and him. I couldn't put a tree up not without him there," said Anna Humphrey.
Just two days after Christmas last year an accident happened that changed Jon and Anna Humphrey's life forever.
"I don't even know if you can imagine it, if you haven't ever gone through it," said Humphrey.
17 year old Jonathan Humphrey was killed by a drunk driver. Now a year later, the man responsible was sentenced to 25 years in prison, but the family's heart is still torn.
"It's a unique club in the families of highway fatalities, a club that I wish I was not a part of, I wish no families were a part of," said Jon Humphrey.
Last year there were more than 25,000 DUI arrests made in our state. And in 2010, 44 percent of all fatalities involved alcohol.
Anna says it's a small choice- that carries a big consequence.
"Everyone makes that choice when they drink and I'm not just talking about alcohol but all the drugs. If you don't do it, it won't happen, that is all there is to it, just don't do it. If you do it, do it at home, go to bed and go to sleep," said Humphrey.
Jon wants people to know when you make the choice to drink and drive it affects more than just you.
"You throw a pebble in the pond and the ripple happens. That is what DUI does, it doesn't just affect the pebble that goes in the water, and every one of those ripples creates a problem. "