To educate and inform the public of about the consequences of negligent driving, as well as, safety education to prevent vehicular collisions.
Our son Aaron was a 17 year old, bright, vibrant young high school student. He made us laugh. He was in love. He was creative and eclectic. He loved history and science, he was a thinker. He enjoyed musical theatre and classic cars. He wanted to help people, and had been helping us since he was a little boy in our ministry, "The Boys and Girls Missionary Challenge." His future was bright. Aaron could have been anything he wanted. But all that ended one day in the blink of an eye. In an instant, a RED traffic light was ignored, and our son was gone. Aaron and his dad were rebuilding his 1973 VW bug. Aaron was also rebuilding a motorcycle with our friend James, as well as, learning how to rebuild computers. He was an active intelligent person.
The last conversation I had with my son was one we had repeated hundreds of times. I would say, "Be Careful!" He would say, "I'm a good driver, Mom"; which he was.
The events leading up to Aaron's death seem like yesterday. I had injured my foot the day before, so I was home from work. Aaron had an appointment in Norman after school, and didn't want to drive his car that distance on the interstate; so he came home on his lunch hour to trade his 1973 VW bug for my car. He came into my room, where I sat with my foot propped up in bed. He got my car keys and asked "Can I have some money for lunch mom?" I gave him a 20, and he said "thanks Mom!" and headed out the door. I had no idea it was the last time I would ever see him.
A couple hours later, Aaron was headed home; he was stopped at the light at Reno and Morgan in Oklahoma City. A driver who reported that; "she was taking her sister to the hospital because her son had been transported there, saw the light turn yellow, and gunned her vehicle". She actually went through the light, according to the police a full three seconds after it had turned RED. She struck (T-boned) Aaron's car coming from his left. He was killed instantly. She repeatedly said in court that "it was just an accident". It isn't an accident when you choose to ignore the traffic signal and the results are a fatality. That is a conscious choice. In Oklahoma it is only a felony for killingl someone if you are impaired. However if you willfully run a red light resulting in the death of a person it is only a misdemeanor. I believe that since it is a conscious choice it should hold more weight than if a person were impaired. This driver had a long history of reckless driving and a disregard for the safety of her fellow drivers.
Since Aaron's death, I have worked to understand the current Oklahoma Law and how it can be changed. I devote my energies to this cause. I do it for Aaron, and for all of you. Driving is a privilege, not a right. It's a privilege that should NOT be abused.