Students learn perils of drinking and driving

Drinking and Driving

Renee Napier warned Gulf County juniors and seniors about the dangers of drinking and driving in a presentation this week. Napier lost her daughter, Meagan, in a crash with a drunk driver and encouraged students to make good life choices.

Wes Locher | The Star
Published: Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 10:18 AM.

Juniors and seniors in Gulf County schools were reminded this week that drinking and driving don’t mix.

In a presentation held Monday at Wewahitchka and Port St. Joe high schools, speaker Renee Napier of the Meagan Napier Foundation spoke to students about the dangers of drinking and driving.

In 2000, Napier’s daughter, Meagan, was killed in Pensacola when Eric Smallridge, driving drunk, crashed his car into Meagan’s killing her and her best friend

With proms on the horizon for both county high schools, Napier stressed the importance of making good decisions and that getting behind the wheel after drinking is never a good one.

She also discussed how those decisions can have ripple effects that go across many families and affect many people.

“It’s all about a choice,” Napier told students. “The choices you make are the ones that are the most important.

In addition to living through the loss of a child, Napier spoke about the feelings she had toward Smallridge, who was sentenced to 22 years in prison for manslaughter, though he served less than half that.

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