WHAT IS SHATTERED LIVES?
Shattered Lives is an anti-drinking and driving program that was created by Mike Valdez, a former Assistant District Attorney of Montgomery County and Holly Pichette, a Paramedic for the Montgomery County Hospital District. The Shattered Lives Program is attempting to make a significant impact on high school juniors and seniors, and their families. This program provides families an opportunity to participate, creating active roles that may reveal just what an impact a poor decision made by the involved student can have on everyone, and that their lives can change or end in the blink of an eye.
Each year thousands of young drivers nationwide lose their lives in automobile accidents. While there are numerous causes to these tragic events, a major contributing factor is the use of alcoholic beverages by teenagers.
The Shattered Lives of Tomball, Inc working with the Tomball Police Department, Tomball Fire Department, Northwest Emergency Medical Services, Tomball High School, Concordia Lutheran High School, Tomball Regional Hospital, PHI Air Medical and many area businesses confront the issue on a community wide basis. The Shattered Lives of Tomball Program is presented at Tomball High School and Concordia Lutheran High School, in Tomball, Texas on a bi-annual basis and graphically stresses the consequences of poor decision making by involving students in the creation of a fatality DWI accident simulating their own death. The program impresses upon teenagers that death is very real and they are NOT IMMORTAL!
During the course of two days, the Shattered Lives of Tomball Program demonstrates the “real life” timing and results that drinking and driving has on the entire community: friends, family, first responders, students, school officials, hospital employees, and the list goes on…
WHO IS SHATTERED LIVES OF TOMBALL?
Shattered Lives of Tomball is the same great program that began in Montgomery County, Texas, the only difference is that the Tomball program has different directors, but every other element of the program is the same. The Tomball Program Lead Director is Randy Parr, with Deputy Directors Joe Jasso, Kim Garrett and Cheryle Lapsley rounding out the core team. Multiple program coordinators, Charlie Rizzo, Trae Gammon, Albert Chambers, Charlene Nall, and Kathy Boggs ensure the program runs effectively, smoothly and safely year after year. Shattered Lives of Tomball, Inc. was established as a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization in 2005.
For many years, the Tomball Fire Department, Tomball Police Department, and Northwest EMS observed the huge impact the program had on the young adults of Montgomery County, Texas, and wanted to bring this very worthwhile program to the City of Tomball.
When Jodi Adams accepted the role of Public Education Officer for the Tomball Fire Department, her first goal was to bring Shattered Lives to Tomball High School. To get things started, Jodi Adams arranged a meeting with Mike Valdez, Holly Pichette and Tomball Fire Chief Randy Parr to discuss the possibility of bringing this wonderful program to the City of Tomball. Jodi provided a lasting contribution to the program by donating the song “Shattered Lives” performed by Jodi Adams, Lisa Bonnett and Jason Rooks. The first presentation in Harris County, Texas of the program took place on March 7th & 8th, 2006 at Tomball High School. Based on impact studies and feedback from the community, the program was a huge success.
Shattered Lives of Tomball has been presented at both Concordia Lutheran High School and Tomball High School with plans for the presentation at Tomball Memorial High School. The program began with nearly 50 participating students. Today a lottery system has been initiated at each school due to the overwhelming number of students applying to be a part of this life changing experience.
Our Tomball program is comprised of a dedicated group of volunteers who have collectively donated thousands of man hours to plan, coordinate and participate in this program. Shattered Lives of Tomball is funded 100% by generous community sponsors; Shattered Lives would not have happened without either of their support.
THE HARSH REALITY ABOUT ALCOHOL RELATED CRASHES
Although alcohol consumption is illegal for young people, it is nevertheless a prevalent problem with youth and young drivers. In 2007, 31 percent of young drivers 15 to 20 years old who were killed in accidents had blood alcohol concentrations (BACs) of .01 grams/deciliter (g/dL) or greater, and 26 percent of young drivers had BACs of .08 g/dL or greater. Restraint use is affected by alcohol involvement for drivers as well. Drivers are less likely to use restraints after drinking. In 2007, 64 percent of young drivers in passenger vehicles involved in fatal crashes who had been drinking were unrestrained.
In 2008, 12 percent of all drivers involved in fatal crashes were young drivers aged 15 to 20 years old. More specifically, 5,864 15- to 20-year old drivers were involved in fatal crashes, including 2,739 driver fatalities. Among 15- to 20-year old drivers involved in fatal crashes, 31% of the drivers who were killed had been drinking and 25% who were killed in crashes had a BAC of .08 or higher. Furthermore, nearly two percent of these young drivers involved in a fatal crash had a previous DWI conviction. (Source: NHTSA, Traffic Safety Facts .Young Drivers, 2009)