‘WhenSeanSpeaks’ Spells Out Dangers of Riding with Drunk Drivers to Comal ISD Students

File image courtesy of WhenSeanSpeaks.org.
File image courtesy of WhenSeanSpeaks.com

Comal County’s Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Office sponsors WhenSeanSpeaks, a presentation by a former high school student and his mother about the consequences of riding with a drunk driver, at Canyon Lake High School at 1:50 p.m.  Wednesday.

Sean Carter and his mother, Jenny will discuss the circumstances and choices he made in 2005 that left him in a wheelchair/walker, unable to talk or walk.

The presentation is for students and is not open to the general public.

WhenSeanSpeaks focuses on safety behind the wheel.

Jyman Davis, Comal County’s extension agent, said there were 154 alcohol-related crashes in the county in 2020. As a result, three people died and 18 suffered serious injuries. Eighty-seven of these crashes occurred in New Braunfels.

“In 2020, Texas had 147 passengers of drunk drivers killed, so Sean’s story reminds people to never get into a vehicle with somebody driving,” she said.

Jenny Carter, Sean’s full-time caregiver and traveling companion, will share her story while Sean uses an iPad to communicate with the audience.

The Carters visited Pieper High School today and will talk to students at Canyon and Smithson Valley high schools Tuesday. Davenport High School students will hear WhenSeanSpeaks on Wednesday.

WhenSeanSpeaks is dedicated to spreading the word that alcohol, automobiles and asphalt don’t mix. The nonprofit’s mission is to improve the lives of people impacted by traumatic brain injuries through public awareness, education, and research.

Diane Schaule with the Pilot Club of Canyon Lake said her group sponsors three adult traumatic brain-injury camps, where she serves as a counselor.

“My local Pilot Club raises money for scholarships for campers and their caregivers to attend camp,” she said. “However, Sean and Jenny are able to take their message on the road thanks to a TxDOT and AgriLife grant.”

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