My name is Sam Saunders, and this is my story ….

I had been working two jobs, one in the vineyards and at night I worked in a pub. My hours of work were 6am until 2am, six days a week with an hour break between jobs. I had been doing this for 6 months and I thought having a couple of shots and a pint or two would help me stay awake for the half hour drive. It didn’t. I crashed and when I woke up the car was on fire and I was trapped inside. The only thing that got me out of the car and running down the road before the car exploded, was the adrenaline pumping through my veins. All the tendons in my ankle were torn and my knee cap pretty much ripped right off and both bones in my right arm were smashed. It is a miracle that I even got out, and lived to tell the story with all the blood I lost.

Before the accident.


Working hard, not sleeping well and you think a drink will help you stay awake?

The result, after the accident!

Think again. Working hard and having a drink does not work well together. If you think having a drink will help you stay awake, forget it. It can be fatal.

Some drink-driving facts I discovered on the Internet . . .


The following graph shows worldwide drink-driving crash results for males and females.

Sam’s car stats

The following graph (taken from shows the risk increase of crashing while under the influence of alcohol. It shows the higher your blood alcohol content (BAC), the higher the risk of crashing a motor vehicle.

Sam’s car stats
Contrary to popular opinion, people with a high blood alcohol level are more likely to be injured or killed in a crash than those who are sober
For drivers involved in all fatal crashes in 2006-2008, 26% were recorded as having alcohol only and a further 2% as having both drugs and alcohol
As the severity of crashes increases, so does the contribution of driver alcohol/drugs
For every 100 alcohol or drug Julie’s Storiesimpaired drivers or riders killed in road crashes, 54 of their passengers and 24 sober road users die with them
In 2008, driver alcohol/drugs was a contributing factor in 103 fatal crashes, 441 serious injury crashes and 1156 minor crashes
These crashes resulted in 119 deaths, 582 serious injuries and 1726 minor injuries.