Driving under the influence is never a good idea for any driver in any age group. But recent data shows that on average 6,000 people are killed nationwide each year by a teen driving while intoxicated. The combination of all illegal drug usage-related deaths doesn’t even account for that many fatalities each year in the United States. Did you ever think it was possible that underage alcohol-related car accidents in Charlotte and elsewhere would take the lives of so many people annually when teens aren’t even of age to legally drink yet?
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has teamed up with the National Football League in an effort to encourage teens not to engage in drinking and not riding in a vehicle where the driver has been drinking.
Charlotte drunk driving accident attorneys understand there seems to be a connection between drinking alcohol and football. Some people think that America’s favorite pastime just wouldn’t be the same if there were no tailgate parties, or if fans didn’t have a beer in their hands to cheer on their favorite team. Unfortunately, attending a football game usually leads to a higher risk of a drunk-driving accident occurring after the contest is over, putting other motorists in jeopardy of serious injury or death.
Teens throughout the United States are encouraged to take the pledge to make good decisions and resist riding with someone driving under the influence by signing up on MADD’s Power of Youth Facebook page. By taking the pledge, you will automatically be entered to win officially licensed NFL prizes like hats, T-shirts or other fan-favorite clothing. Make the power of peer pressure turn positive by urging friends to sign up. Recruitment of friends to sign up for the pledge increases your chances to win.
If you are between the ages of 13 and 20, visit MADD’s Facebook page so that you can pledge to stay safe the rest of this season and well into the New Year. The NFL and MADD want to give you and your friends “MADD props” for choosing to stay safe and sober in the days and weeks to come.
Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) offers these alarming facts to consider:
-30 percent of underage drinkers admit to paying for their own alcohol. Almost 10 percent purchase it themselves compared to 22 percent who gave money to someone else who bought it for them.
-50 percent of teens admit to consuming alcohol at someone else’s house while 30 percent confess their last drink was at home.
-26 percent of people between the ages of 12 to 20 years-old admit to drinking alcohol in the last 30 days.
Don’t end the season on a sour note. Make a commitment to stay safe by not hopping in the car with someone who has been drinking or getting behind the wheel after you have had a drink. Score one for the good guys; it could just save a life.
The car accident attorneys at Lee Law Offices, P.A represent victims and their families who have been involved in a drunk-driving accident in North Carolina. Call 1-800-887-1965 to speak to an attorney and receive a free consultation regarding your claim.
More Blog Entries:
Greensboro Drunk-Driving Accidents Prevalent During Holiday Weekends, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, November 11, 2011.
Teen Car Accidents Medically Expensive in North Carolina and Often Require an Experienced Law Firm, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, May 17, 2011.
North Carolina Car Accidents Always a Risk on Super Bowl Sunday, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, February 4, 2011.