I'll forego the photograph of the DUI-ticketed Texas State student in her cute toy Barbie vehicle in favor of drunken control reality. This covering of a Scion is every that stayed after a couple was killed by a drunken driver in Dallas a couple of Labor job ago. (DMN photo)
The "coed in the Barbie automobile photo" go viral late last week, however I didn"t see anything come laugh about.

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The auto belongs come Texas State university junior Tara Monroe, that was ticketed last spring with a DUI ~ she refuse a breathalyzer test when she was stopped by police driving residence from a concert. Her dad smartly responded by taking away she car, leave her with a bicycle to obtain around.

But “Riding a bike roughly campus sucks,”

last week. “Like really sucks.” for this reason after her March arrest, she purchased a battery-powered pink Barbie vehicle and, since then, has driven it both top top the university of Texas West Campus and, this semester, in ~ Texas State in mountain Marcos.

In no time, Monroe has come to be an net hero. For this reason my first reaction once her story took end my news feeds last week, from Twitter to Zite, to be to neglect this sorry excuse because that a story worth spotlighting. It appeared that the best feasible response was not to give Monroe any additional publicity.

And I"m no humorless. I understand that on first glance, no matter the circumstances, the vision of an "oversized child" (I refuse to speak to her an adult) control a toy auto elicits a chuckle.

But then you check out the rest of the story. And that"s the problem. As I and also others have actually highlighted again and also again, drunken control is deadly. Drive drunk and also your possibilities are good of killing yourself or who else.

So nothing about the Barbie vehicle story tickled me. It simply made me angry. The more stories I"ve read about Monroe"s 15 minutes of fame, her hero status, she "ingenuity" in getting around her punishment -- making fun of she punishment -- the more I feeling the have to write.

In the very same feed that ns was seeing every the glorifying that Monroe, I witnessed this tweet:

"She can have killed world while control drunk. Offering someone attention like this isn"t the right message."

— Sean base (

I don"t know Sean Bass, return I"ve listened come him top top The Ticket for much longer than I deserve to remember. Which means I understand this about him: that is courageous around speaking up versus drunken driving, no matter how unpopular that can be at times in his demographic.

For those the you that don"t know Sean"s story,

you can read below

about the tragic accident the was associated in the was brought about by a drunken driver. Simply this past weekend he was doing his 2nd annual "Flinging D" bowl golf competition benefiting Mothers against Drunk Driving.

Sean needed only 140 personalities to gain the Barbie automobile coed story simply right: part of the reason we quiet drink and drive -- specifically the youngest among us -- is that us still think obtaining drunk and also acting irresponsibly is type of funny. Us don"t assign it the type of sinister label that it deserves.

There"s nothing specifically catchy or entertaining around my own sobering blog post. No Barbie car gimmick that will prompt news sites around the world to write about my cleverness. Nothing here that"s most likely to accumulate a Gawker columnist to dedicate something come me choose "DWI Barbie Jeep Girl, please drive right to mine heart."

But if this post causes also a grasp of world to offer some assumed to even if it is there really is something funny around drinking and also driving -- or come think around that wrong Scion photographed above, fairly than a cute Barbie car -- i earned my pay today.

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Sharon Grigsby. I'm the metro columnist, which means that if it's keep going in north Texas, I'm most likely to write about it. My work on Baylor's sexual assault scandal deserve a spot together a 2018 Pulitzer finalist. Ns was born in Waco, raised my own family members in the suburbs and have been ago in Dallas ever before since.