Car accidents caused by drunk drivers are reported every day across the country and here in Arizona. Sadly, the victims of these collisions are often left severely injured or worse. As a drunk driving car crash can have such devastating effects, educating the public about the dangers of driving while impaired is a big priority.
Recently, the Phoenix Fire Department hosted an event to teach high school students about the risks involved in choosing to drink and drive. Students from several area high schools came together to watch a number of car crashes meant to simulate accidents caused by drunk drivers. As the risk of being involved in fatal car accidents is higher for high school aged drivers compared to any other age group, education events like this are intended to bring awareness and hopefully decrease the rate of fatal car crashes.
Due to the intense dramatizations offered at this event, counselors were on hand to talk with students who struggled with seeing these collisions. It is believed that giving these young drivers such a vivid visual reminder about the dangers of drinking and driving will help reduce accidents in the future. This particular program is funded by the Governor's Office of Highway Safety and is put on with the combined efforts of the fire department, local hospitals and the organization Students Against Destructive Decisions.
Educational programs like this are likely to help reduce DUI related car accidents on a local level. Unfortunately, despite educational efforts and community outreach programs, these collisions do still happen. Arizona residents who have been injured or lost a loved one in a car crash with a drunk, or otherwise impaired, driver are not alone and are entitled to take legal action in order to pursue compensation. Successfully litigated civil claims can result in financial relief being granted for any monetary losses suffered in relation to the crash.
Source: ktar.com, "Phoenix high school students getting a lesson on drinking and driving", Kasey McNerney, Dec. 3, 2014