We have to stop drunk driving. It is a serious problem in Fort Worth and all over Texas. Our state sadly leads the country in the number of people killed in traffic crashes caused by drunk drivers.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is the only organization that is stopping this deadly menace.
Berenson Injury Law is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the Fort Worth Walk Like MADD every year. My firm is also participating in the walk. I am honored that I will speak. I would like for you to join us.
Check in for the Fort Worth Walk Like MADD begins at 7:30 at the Botanic Gardens, just down the street from my office. The program begins at 9:00. The uplifting morning features a remembrance ceremony, a 5K walk, a commitment celebration, food, and music. I highly recommend this event.
You can learn more about the event and register here. And let me know you’ve registered and I’ll match your registration fee in a donation to MADD.
As a personal injury lawyer, I’m all too familiar with the devastating injuries and deaths caused by drunk driving. And I’m just as aware of how preventable drunk driving is.
The Clock Is Ticking
We thought we were on the right track when DWI deaths declined in 2014. But, now the clock is ticking faster … two minutes faster.
9,943 people died in drunk driving crashes in 2014 — that’s a death every 53 minutes. The number of drunk driving deaths increased to 10,265 in 2015 to one death every 51 minutes.
Every two minutes, a person is injured in a crash caused by a drunk driver.
This has to stop.
Those two minutes makes all the difference. It takes two minutes to order another drink. In two minutes, an intoxicated person can decide not to turn on the ignition switch or not to get in the car at all. It takes only two minutes to call a friend or a taxi instead. An Uber ride is usually just two minutes away.
Amazing how easy it is not to drive drunk.
And yet, a drunk driver took a life two minutes faster than the year before. The clock is moving in the wrong direction.
Make Your Next Two Minutes Count
Sign up for the Walk. Get others to join you. We can end drunk driving through education, stricter laws and greater enforcement.
MADD has helped save the lives of 300,000 people since 1980 by lobbying for legal changes in Austin and across the United States. For example, last year it helped pass a strict ignition interlock law in Texas that now forces convicted drivers to use this device to prove they are sober before they drove on our roads.
Not only does the Walk raise money for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, it is a great opportunity to inspire both teenagers and adults to make smart choices about alcohol. You can walk as a family or get your school group, neighbors, company or church together to walk.
Read this moving tribute to a young man who was tragically killed in December of 2014 by a drunk woman to see how DWIs affect us all.
The Walk Like MADD is the primary source of funding for this fine organization each year. MADD offers badly needed services to the victims of drunk driving accidents and their families.
Together we can stop this deadly epidemic.