The Rock and David Cassidy: Two Different Stances On Drunk Driving
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The Rock and David Cassidy: Two Different Stances On Drunk Driving

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson recently revealed that his mother and cousin just survived a harrowing head-on collision with a drunk driver. Too fast, too infuriating.

“First reaction is to find the person who did this and do unrelenting harm to them,” the wrestler-actor said. “But then you realize the most important thing is my family lived thru this and we can hug each other that much tighter these days.” As befits the manliest men, Johnson has always been public about his unabashed love for his mother, Ata. His cousin, WWE NXT star Lina Fanene, shared a post-crash selfie with her arm in a sling and a smile on her face.

Oh, This Is a Race Track and Not a Courtroom? My Bad

As we know too well, celebrities end up on both sides of the DUI nightmare. Late last month, David Cassidy of Partridge Family fame was caught at the racetracks when he should have been in court accepting a plea deal. Cassidy got the DUI (his second) last summer in Schodack, near Albany, New York. Since the singer lived in Florida, he was allowed to send a lawyer to court in his place—which would have been fine had the New York Racing Association not tweeted that Cassidy was at the Saratoga Race Course just 40 miles from Schodack. Oops. “Disturbed” by Cassidy’s proximity, the prosecutors called off the hearing and decided to reschedule.

According to his lawyer, Cassidy may not have even been aware that his court appearance shared a date with his horseracing plans. Because being a 70s heartthrob absolves you of ever knowing what is going on. I mean, jeez, this accident was a whole year ago, you know? It’s not like it was his most recent DUI—that would be the one that happened just this January in L.A. Originally facing up to a year in jail after numero tres, he managed to squeak by with 90 days of mandatory treatment. After that, he was off to the races.

Mr. Cassidy, three DUIs in four years generally means it’s time to C’Mon Get Serious. Someone could have died.

The Never Ending Cycle of Bad Choices

Just ask 24-year-old Louis Prinzo, a fellow Floridian. Exactly two years after he killed two teenagers in a three-car crash while under the influence of oxycodone and Xanax, he was arrested again. Thankfully, nobody was hurt this time—but when the judges realized Prinzo had violated his 2012 terms of release, they revoked his bail altogether. Prinzo offered a poignant excuse for being loaded: he was stressed due to the anniversary of the deadly accident. While I do have a certain sympathy for anyone on either end of a DUI fatality, I have a hard time buying that his best way to cope with it was to hit the road stoned again. What are the odds he’d been doing this pretty regularly for the past two years? Maybe David Cassidy knows. He’s a betting man.

If there’s a moral to this story, The Rock’s pretty much summed it up on social media: “Hug your own family tighter today and be grateful you can tell them you love them. #BearHugsAndGratitude #100PercentPreventable #ChoicesMatter.” The sad thing is that by the time an alcoholic gets out of the bar and into the car, he’s lost the ability to make choices. But ultimately, everyone does have the choice to get help instead of repeating the same tragic cycle.

Photo courtesy of Eva Rinaldi Celebrity and Live Music Photographer [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons (resized and cropped)

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Erica Larsen AKA Eren Harris blogs at Whitney Calls and Clean Bright Day. Their writing has also been published on Salon, Selfish, Violet Rising and YourTango. They live in Los Angeles with their husband and their enormous cat.