Drinking alcohol can negatively impact your body, leading to certain cancers and heart problems. This is true even when alcohol is consumed in moderation. However, the real dangers arise when people under the influence of alcohol decide to get behind the wheel. Drunk drivers not only endanger their own lives, they put everyone else on the road at serious risk of harm too. Countless drunk driving accident victims have turned to experienced DUI lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm to help them recover for their injuries.
Drunk driving accidents not only bring about shame and punishment for the driver, they also cause grief for the loved ones of the victim. Taking a firm stand against alcohol and driving can hopefully make America’s roads safer.
The story of Melissa Stegner shows how one teen is doing her part to fight against underage drinking and drunk driving.
Just after Christmas of 2007, Stegner, now 17-years-old, lost her father and brother when the Chrysler minivan they were traveling in was hit head-on by a Cadillac Escalade SUV. The driver was not only drunk, but also a repeat offender. The two died on the spot. Rather than direct her anguish toward the driver who took her loved ones away, Stegner decided to devote her energies to campaign against drunken driving.
Her mission has extended around the country, into courtrooms, and national conferences such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Stegner is now a prominent Power of You(th) member of MADD and a growing positive influence among teens.
Organizations such as MADD can play a powerful role in molding teens and encouraging them to avoid bad behaviors. In fact, parents and peers can make just as much of an impact, if not more, on a teen than warnings and laws against underage drinking and driving.
As a whole, teens seem to be making positive decisions. In fact, according to a report by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), the past two decades have seen teen drinking and driving go down about 54%. Nearly ninety percent of high school students claim that they don’t drive while drunk.
However, teens are still extremely vulnerable to the dangers of drunk driving. Statistics show that in 2011, high school students consumed alcohol and drove at least 2.4 million times. Even more disturbing is the fact that these young drivers are at least 17 times more likely to lose their lives in a drunk driving crash than older adults.