High school students have heard the message before, drinking and driving can have consequences. But this presenter wants students to take note, so she thinks of what would have grabbed her attention.
"What would have made a girl like me stop in the middle of my tracks, in the middle of my life and make me think about the choices I was making. It wasn't going to be statistics," speaker Sarah Panzau said.
Panzau doesn't sugar coat her personal story. She drove drunk ten years ago, crashed and was given a zero percent chance of survival. She overcame that, but doesn't hide the lasting effects.
"I'm not forced to say what I say, you can tell a lot of my message come from my heart," Panzau said.
"Because really getting behind the wheel to drink and drive, it's not worth it. It's not worth your life, like Sarah said, your luck can run out, very soon, so it's just not worth it," Brandon Valley senior Jade Roozenboom said.
Roozenboom is taking the message to heart. She has a special connection with this topic. She lost her sister in a drunk driving crash in 1998.
"My sister wasn't as lucky as Sarah was, so it was a really good thing to have her come and teach the people who don't know, what could happen," Roozenboom said.
As for Panzau, she now speaks to 200 schools across the nation each year. She hopes students keep the lessons she learned the hard way in the back of their minds.
"All choices have consequences. If they make that first poor choice to drink underage, I plead with them not to make the second poor choice and get behind the wheel," Panzau said.