A Motor Show For People Who Love Cars and Hate Drunk Driving

car show discourages drunk drivingCars are the very embodiment of the old cliché about a blessing and a curse. Americans use these big machines for transportation and much more. They symbolize a person’s personality and style, and they serve as small rolling chambers for enjoying company, solitude, or just some tunes while cruising.

But in the hands of drunk drivers, cars kill. Some ten thousand people die each year because someone made the bad decision to drink and drive.

Can you hate drunk driving and still love cars?  A couple in Quad Cities, Iowa aren’t particularly worried about a conflict. Jake and Samantha Harry put on their second annual a car show in memory of a dear friend, Teangelo Garrard of Rock Island, who was killed by a drunk driver at the age of 24.

The event, called Cruise In For a Cause, was staged to raise awareness of drunk driving and also to raise funds for the Iowa chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

A total of 46 cars were on display at the event which was supported by local businesses. Awards were given in various categories.

In some ways America is inseparable from car culture: from the days of the Model T, to hot rods to tailfins to SUVs and sophisticated modern driving machines, Americans like to get around on four wheels. And with car culture comes drunk driving culture: the idea that it’s permissible to drive under the influence if you think you can handle it.

The idea of events like Cruise In For a Cause is to separate car culture from drunk driving culture. It’s possible to enjoy the pleasures of motoring without putting your life, and the lives of others, in danger. Here’s hoping for a third annual Cruise In, and lots more events like it. Cars aren’t going away for a while, but there’s no reason drunk drivers have to stick around.