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Carolyn Hanig experienced one of the worst things that a mother can imagine. As an air nurse, she was unwittingly called to the scene of her own son’s accident, and had to watch as he struggled in vain for his own life.

Ever since then, Hanig has been speaking at events, conferences and to news organizations about the importance of teaching kids to buckle up and drive safely. Her work helped make Oklahoma one of the first few states to enact legislation mandating seatbelts.

However, education is just as important as law in efforts to encourage road safety and fight drunk driving. That’s why we’re glad to see people like Carolyn Hanig participate in events to educate kids to the perils of drunk driving and underage drinking. Through proper legislation and aggressive education, we can help ensure that fewer moms have to go through what Carolyn Hanig did.