The Devastating Consequences of Drinking and Driving

Backstrom family members share their personal tragedy

The world of the Backstrom family was forever changed October 10, 2004, when they heard the words, “We’re sorry to inform you…”

Three of their five sons were dead—Matthew, 20, Justin, 17, and Jacob, 16—the victims of an alcohol-related crash, their lives cut short by the conduct of a stranger who chose to drink too much and talk on a cell phone while driving a motor vehicle erratically and too fast.

What would you do if a loved one was killed due to the unlawful decisions of a total stranger?

Since the crash, the Backstroms have shared their story at mock crashes, high schools, churches and special events, hoping that by putting real faces on the victims, they might help others grasp the terrible reality of drunk driving.

It’s not just a number: real people die every year in alcohol-related crashes.

To learn more about the consequences of drunk driving, please come to a presentation by the Backstrom family Thursday, March 11, 2010, from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Dakota Room (1-520) to learn more about their experiences.

Backstrom Family Presentation on the Consequences of Drunk Driving

  • 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 11, 2010
  • Dakota Room (1-520)
  • Main Rosemount Campus
  • Dakota County Technical College
Sponsored by the DCTC Student Senate, DCTC Student Life and the DCTC Counseling Office