CARROLLTON — As you head out for New Year's Eve celebrations, think about this: Police tell us more amateur drinkers hit the road on December 31 than any other night of the year.
In 2009, one in three deadly drunk driving crashes involved drivers 25 years old or younger. Nearly half of them weren’t even old enough to legally drink.
North Texas has one of the highest numbers of drunk-driving crashes statewide, close to 6,000 last year alone.
One North Texas couple knows all too well what can happen when drunk drivers hit the road. Trevor Schor, 16, was not drunk when he died. But the driver who hit him was.
His parents want to send a powerful New Year's Eve message to both kids and adults.
It was early evening, December 14, 2007. It was a typical night for the Schor family.
Their son Trevor went to the movies with his friends. “He gave us a hug, we said, 'I love you,' and off he went. That was the last time we saw him,” said Kristin Schor, Trevor’s mother.
A drunk driver smashed into Trevor's car, killing him.
Kevin and Kristin Schor were at a Mavericks game when they got the horrifying call from a Texas trooper. Their son had been in a major car accident.
A cross now marks the spot on West Parker Road where the accident happened. A sign honors Trevor by reminding drivers not to drink and drive.
“Sixteen to 21-year-olds just have a difficult time learning all the things that can happen on a highway," said Kevin Schor, Trevor's dad. "Add that to being surrounded by drunks or drinking yourself, and it's just a scary place to be."
Trevor was a basketball player at Hebron High School. A memorial plaque at the school serves as a reminder to his friends and classmates about drinking and driving.
His parents want desperately to prevent other families from feeling their pain. “It just seems so selfish not to consider the tragedy that can come from a simple night out with your friends," Kristin Schor said.
The Schors want to change the way people look at drunk driving. They believe too much time is spent on warning drivers if they drink and drive, they'll end up in jail.
“What we'd rather push is for people to understand is: Don't drink and drive because you're going to kill somebody," Mr. Schor said.
The Schors asked their other children to stay off the roads tonight. They are still haunted by the fear that such a senseless tragedy could easily happen again.