Now it's a relevant post I suppose. Because I have seen lots of questions about safety and moving and everything else pertaining to the area.
So here's mine:
How safe are the streets in Winston-Salem?
How is it that on March 11, Casey Bokhoven was WALKING home to his apartment, less than 2 blocks away from his starting point, and was struck by a drunk driver? Not only was the driver so intoxicated he drove up onto the sidewalk where Casey, a PEDESTRIAN, was standing, but he drove through the huge "DO NOT ENTER. ROAD CLOSED DUE TO CONSTRUCTION" barricade at the top of the street.
IS DRUNK DRIVING OK?
Who supports someone's irresponsible and thoughtless decision to get behind the wheel of a car after drinking?
Well, it has made the streets, or should I say sidewalks, of Winston-Salem unsafe, has it not?
So let's make sure they're safe. For our kids, grandkids, loved ones, friends, and loved ones of other families out there whom this could happen to all too easily.
TO HELP FIGHT FOR YOUR SAFETY AND THE SAFETY OF OTHERS, PLEASE VISIT WWW.MYSPACE.COM/JUSTICE4CASEY
AND SEE HOW IT'S EFFECTED ALL OF YOUR NEIGHBORS AND FRIENDS AND EVERYONE ELSE IN YOUR COMMUNITY. LET THIS HELP YOU TO BE ABLE TO MAKE A STAND AS WELL.
-ADD THE PAGE TO MAKE MORE OF AN IMPACT TO THE D.A. AND THE MEDIA WHEN IT IS RELEASED FRIDAY.
-WRITE AN IMPACT STATEMENT AND SEND IT TO THE D.A. IF YOU WANT
For all of you who were affected by the death of Casey, for all of you who have ever been affected by drunk driving, I want to ask for your help:
When someone is killed at the hands of another, the victim's family prepares impact statements giving the victim a "voice" in Court.
The District Attorney's Office in Forsyth County has given the "go ahead" for people to write "citizen" impact statements.
If anyone reading this has been affected personally by Casey's death, please do an impact statement. It doesn't matter if you knew Casey, knew anyone in his family, or knew anyone related whatsoever to this case. If you were affected, please type up a statement expressing your feelings and how the case has affected you.
Anyone who has ever been affected by drinking and driving, please do an impact statement.
Please do not use profanity or speak out of anger. This is everyone's chance to give Casey a "voice" in Court. A chance to prove how his senseless murder has affected you.
Please do not state any factual information in your statement. This is an emotional statement letting the Court know how you feel about the events surrounding the death of Casey Bokhoven. If you do not have the proof behind an accusation you want to make, please leave it out. If you can say you saw Tolly Carr that night, please say so. If you cannot say that you did, however, leave it out. These are not statements of the facts about the case, merely statements about how you feel about it and how you would feel if Tolly Carr received a less than just punishment. We want the Court to know we are watching.
You don't have to address it to anyone. As an example, here is a generic Impact Statement:
My name is ___________, and I am a citizen and resident of ________________, North Carolina. I am writing to you today regarding the death of Casey Ryan Bokhoven. I did (not) know Mr. Bokhoven, nor do I know Tolly Carr. I am completely unrelated to either of these individuals. My purpose for writing this statement is to express how this has affected my life.
Since the drunk-driving accident that killed Mr. Bokhoven, I have noticed a change in our community. There are a lot of people, myself included, who have been affected by this tragedy.
I am afraid that this case will set the "standard" on whether people feel it is okay to drink and drive. What I mean by saying that is, if Mr. Carr is shown any leniency, I am afraid that others will follow in his footsteps, and someone else will be killed at the hands of a drunk driver. Please remember that there are lots of people watching for the outcome of this case.
Thank you for your taking the time to hear my voice.
/s/(your name here)
If you have any questions regarding this, please post them in a comment to this blog and they will be answered.
You may email your statement to the email address for this site, which is firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do email it, however, please use an electronic signature such as this:
Thank you to everyone who has put forth an effort in this cause.
OR, HELP THE FAMILY GET THROUGH ALL OF THIS WITH PRAYER. WE SEEK JUSTICE. IT WON'T BRING CASEY BACK, BUT IT MAY HELP SAVE THE LIVES OF OTHERS, MAYBE EVEN YOURSELF, YOUR FRIENDS, OR YOUR LOVED ONES SOMEDAY.
HELP MAKE THE STREETS OF YOUR COMMUNITY A SAFER PLACE. MAKE SURE THEY ENFORCE DUI/ DWI LAW TO THE FULLEST...AND ALL THE OTHERS PERTAINING TO THIS PARTICULAR CASE.