There is an epidemic of drunk driving spreading across California and the United States, especially among teenagers. Estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show approximately 7,000 motorists between ages 15-20 are killed every year as the result of drunk driving accidents. That means one life is lost to the behavior every 15 minutes.
In an effort to combat the dangers drunk driving poses to Californians, a realistic safety campaign has been launched that focuses on this particular statistic. The Pleasanton Weekly explains high school students who participate in the Every 15 Minutes campaign view a crash scene that has been staged to include their peers, law enforcement, and emergency responders.
They are then told that one of their peers was drinking and driving, and caused the crash that claimed the lives of local students and left others seriously injured. The driver “responsible” for the wreck is arrested and charged, while the deceased and injured are taken from the scene.
Later in the day, selected students are pulled from class every 15 minutes to illustrate how quickly drunk drivers take lives.
Participation in programs like this leaves many wondering what they can do to prevent drunk driving accidents. The California personal injury attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers explain the best way to prevent drunk driving is to use designated drivers, cabs, or public transportation after consuming alcohol, and to encourage others to do the same.
In an effort to help prevent drunk driving accidents, Berg Injury Lawyers sponsors a program called Safe and Sober, which provides free cab rides home for residents of Sacramento and San Francisco on certain holidays. The Safe and Sober program will offer free rides home during the upcoming Cinco de Mayo celebrations. Check out the firm’s Facebook page for details on how to get a free cab ride home this May 5.