After serving in the Air Force for 20 years, a near-death experience in 2007 forced Karen Mertes to change her life.
She was hit by a drunk driver going over 100 mph and cracked her skull in two places. During her recovery process, she realized the importance of helping others.
“Out of pain comes our passion and we find our purpose,” she said.
Today she runs the grassroots organization Fulfill Your Destiny, which awards $1,000 grants to people who are going through a crisis.
“I look for people who have survived—whether it be a job layoff and then became an entrepreneur, or an injury, or some sort or illness.”
Now a motivational speaker, Karen has also written a book called “Plaintiff 101” to help raise money for her charity. The book provides answers for people pursuing personal injury lawsuits and gives inside information to help them save time and money.
“By choosing to be better, and not bitter, I’m able to reach and inspire a lot of people.”
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With a three-day weekend in store for most, day drinking is prominent. Feeling invincible behind the wheel while intoxicated puts everyone at risk – those in the vehicle and others on the road. There’s no harm in drinking while celebrating but once you start to put other’s lives in danger, it becomes a serious problem. Even if you’ll be one of the designated drivers, it is detrimental to be aware of drunk drivers on the road with you. Here’s what to look for —
Law enforcement officials say there are several signs associated with drunk driving:
- Making wide turns
- Weaving, swerving, drifting, or straddling the center line
- Almost striking an object or vehicle
- Driving on the wrong side of the road
- Driving at a very slow speed
- Stopping without cause
- Braking erratically
- Responding slowly to traffic signals
- Turning abruptly or illegally
- Driving after dark with headlights off
Keeping these things in mind can help you avoid a dangerous situation. If you spot what you think is an impaired driver, keep a safe distance and call 9-1-1. Do not attempt to stop the vehicle yourself.