April 14th, 2015|
Spring is in the air in Alabama, and for many of our state’s young people, it’s time to hit the road to go to prom, spring break, and graduation. Unfortunately, these trips all too often end with motor vehicle collisions. The Birmingham car accident lawyers at Norris Injury Lawyers point out that one of the most common—and preventable—causes of these crashes is drinking and driving.
Data from the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility shows roughly 20 percent of Alabama teens reported consuming alcohol in the past 30 days, while approximately 12 percent admitted to binge drinking during that time. This behavior is why almost 20 percent of all Alabama car accident fatalities involving individuals under age 21 are the result of drinking and driving.
To help combat the problem, officials at one local Alabama high school are putting on the “Every 15 Minutes” program. The name of the campaign stems from a statistic that states a teen dies as the result of drunk driving every 15 minutes.
According to ABC 33/40 News, the names of certain juniors and seniors at Chelsea High School will be called out on Thursday morning. These individuals will be pulled from class only to return later as a sort of “walking dead” student. They will have their faces painted and will be unable to interact with other students throughout the coming days.
Then, participating students will witness a mock crash scene and the subsequent trial that follows for the student who caused the accident.
Drunk driving accidents are devastating and our legal staff applaud efforts to prevent the behavior. But our Birmingham personal injury lawyers also know that bringing an end to drunk driving begins with each and every one of us. So we would like to encourage you to do your part in the fight against drunk driving by promising to never get behind the wheel of a vehicle while intoxicated. Instead, call a taxi, friend, or family member to get you home safely.