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Father of boy killed by drunk teen wants tougher laws

Father of boy killed by drunk teen wants tougher laws

WKRN News 2
A man who lost his teenage son in a drunk driving accident gasped upon learning a Brentwood woman faces charges after she allegedly providing alcohol to as many as 25 teens.

Krista Cole is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a Class A Felony.

“It was like a slap in the face to all of us families or anybody who has been a victim of drinking and driving,” father Brad Bulla said. “We are supposed to be the leaders of our children we are supposed to be the example for our children.”

Bulla’s son, Jed, was killed when a 16-year-old friend of his flipped the truck he was driving/ Jed was a passenger in the truck which was traveling nearly 100 miles-per-hour on Highway 840 near I-65 in August 2005.

“Jed told his best friend he was going to go with Brian to make sure he got home safe,” Bulla said.

The teen that killed Jed had been drinking at the home of an adult that would allow teens to drink at her home.

According to Bulla, the woman’s 35-year-old son purchased the 12-pack of beer the teen had in his truck when he picked Jed up at his Spring Hill home.

The adults eventually spent three months in jail for providing the alcohol.

“It is bad enough to let your friend who is a grown man drink and drive, but much less provide alcohol for kids,” he said.

Bulla now is on the National Board for Mothers Against Drunk Driving and shares his son’s story to help raise awareness about underage drinking and driving as well as underage drinking in general.

Bulla and others want stricter laws and tougher punishment for adults who provide alcohol to teens.

Under Tennessee law a parent cannot provide alcohol to anyone under the age of 21 even if the teen’s parent gives permission.

The Nashville Prevention Partnership is a non-profit organization that works to prevent underage drinking through undercover operations to catch businesses that sell alcohol to teens and through outreach efforts that remind parents to not provide alcohol to their children.

“We say be a parent, not a peer,” NPP Executive Director DeWayne Holeman said. “There are a lot of parents out there who believe as long as my children are in a safe environment its ok, but what is really safe?”

Holeman points out teens who are allowed to drink at a friend’s house often drive home putting themselves and others in danger.

According to the CDC eight percent of teens drove after drinking alcohol and another 24 percent rode with a driver who had been drinking.

The agency also found that youth who drink alcohol are more likely to experience unwanted, unplanned and unprotected sexual activity.

They are also a higher risk for suicide and drug use.

Courtesy of Nashville’s News 2 WKRN