There are many, many reasons for College Station readers to avoid driving while drunk. Drunk driving convictions are expensive, embarrassing and DUIs are punished by heavy legal sanctions. Furthermore, they can lead to disastrous results that may haunt you for the rest of your life, as might be the situation for one Texas woman.

The 22-year-old Arlington, Texas woman has been accused of causing the death of a friend by driving after drinking too much. Law enforcement authorities say the woman was driving westbound on Interstate 20 around Grand Prairie, Texas, when she hit a roadway barrier. The impact disabled her car. As she and her companion, a 32-year-old Arlington man, climbed from the wreckage, the woman's car was struck by an oncoming SUV. The impact caused the woman's car to strike her passenger and killed him instantly.

The driver of the SUV had to be taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for serious injuries. His 16-year-old son, who was in the passenger's seat, also sustained injuries, but his were not as serious.

Police said the woman was arrested at the scene, were she was apparently visibly intoxicated. She has been charged with intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault.

If she is convicted, not only will this woman have to face whatever harsh legal consequences come her way, she will also have to live with the knowledge that her friend is dead in large part because of her actions. Imagine how difficult it would be to get up in the morning with that knowledge. For this and many other reasons, you should always drink responsibly and plan for a sober ride home.

Source: My Fox Dallas - Fort Worth, "Man Killed in Drunk Driving Crash," Aug. 14, 2011.