LETTER: Look for solutions to underage drinking

Dec. 22, 2013 @ 05:49 AM

Dear Editor: 

The family of Matthew S Lail was accompanied into Rutherford County Superior Court by Ellen Pitt, Fred Cooke and Kay Cooke of MADD WNC on Monday, December 16.

The Cookes lost their 18 year-old daughter, Morgan, in December 2007, in a wreck similar to the one that killed Matthew Lail. The driver in that incident had both alcohol and marijuana in his system. He was convicted of DWI Manslaughter and sentenced to three years in prison. 

According to AOC statistics for 2012/2013, officers in Rutherford County charged more underage drinking drivers in Rutherford County than Buncombe, Wake, Mecklenburg and  most other NC counties. 

This is certainly a cause for alarm and it is our collective responsibility to determine all the possible causes and look for solutions to prevent the kind of suffering that is being endured by Matthew's parents. 


Ellen T. Pitt