I accept complete responsibility for my behavior and I apologize to my family, friends and public. I have seen the pain and horrific tragedy of drunk driving affect those close to me and I should have made different decisions. While the publicity involving my accident has been very difficult for my family, it will hopefully bring additional public awareness to the serious dangers of driving while intoxicated and the importance of wearing your seatbelt.
According to data from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, 136 people died in 2011 from alcohol-related traffic accidents. A motorist is also six-times more likely to be injured in an accident if they are not wearing a seatbelt.
Statistically, I should be dead, and I am alive today because of the speedy and caring work of state and local law enforcement, first responders, and the medical staff at Regions Hospital. All of the chapters in the book of my life have yet to be written and some of my best days are still to come. The hand of Providence moves in ways beyond anyone's comprehension, and I am forever indebted for the opportunity I have been granted. My message today is don't drink and drive and always wear your seatbelt.