With the approaching Christmas and New Year's holidays, many Philadelphia residents are finalizing their holiday plans. As with many festive gatherings, alcohol is often served and enjoyed by many individuals. Individuals who chose to drink, however, should make sure to leave the driving to someone else.
According to statistics released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, roughly one-third of all fatal drunk driving accidents are caused by drivers in their early 20s. Many of these fatal accidents occur around Christmas and New Year's. In fact, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, during 2010 alcohol played a factor in nearly 50 percent of fatal car accidents that occurred on New Year's Eve.
One woman, whose husband was killed by a drunk driver, has made educating young adults about the dangers associated with driving while impaired her life-long mission. The woman's husband was killed by a drunk driver in 1990 when her son was just six weeks old.
Grief-stricken and forced to raise her son alone, the woman channeled her pain into preventing others from enduring a similar situation. Today, 21 years later, she and her son regularly travel to college campuses to put on workshops aimed to convince young adults to find alternative means of transportation if they chose to drink.
Car accidents involving drunk and impaired drivers often result in those involved suffering serious injuries or even death. In addition to fines, criminal charges and prison time; individuals who drink and drive may be forced to live with the knowledge that they seriously injured or killed another person.
Source: The Daily Progress, "Mother, son give 'The Gift' of educating on the dangers of drunk driving," K. Burnell Evans, Nov. 25, 2012