Teens given sobering look at drunk driving

High school students got a dramatic enactment of a fatal drunk driving crash from officers just in time for prom season.

Students at Massapequa High School were given a first-hand look at the horror a drunk-driving accident can result in. CBS New York reported that police officers provided a life-like enactment of a fatal accident. Teens saw bodies pulled from crash wreckage and sheets put over the supposed corpses. The goal is to help reduce drinking and driving among students as both prom and graduation season approaches.

Drunk driving in New York

Drunk driving accidents in New York leave many an innocent victim suffering a personal injury or even the loss of loved ones due to the negligence of others. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that statewide 364 lives were lost at the hands of drunk drivers in 2013. Nassau County was the site of 24 of those deaths.

Other nearby counties lost significant numbers of people in these accidents as well. Suffolk County recorded 44 drunk driving deaths while Kings and Queens Counties lost 26 people each in impaired accidents.

Drunk drivers are everywhere

News stories recounting the activities of a drunk driver are not difficult to find. Some recent stories include the following:

  • Two people were arrested for different drunk driving incidents in the same vehicle on the same day. According to the New York Post, a 38-year old woman hit another vehicle and then fled the scene. Later, her 41-year old husband was driving the vehicle and hit a utility pole. The woman's blood alcohol content was 0.24 percent resulting in a criminal charge of aggravated DWI. The man has three prior DWI convictions on his record and now faces felony DWI charges.
  • A LIHerald.com story told of a traffic stop initiated by officers noting that a driver failed to remain in his lane of traffic and to signal when appropriate. Upon being stopped, the driver was arrested and faces multiple charges including aggravated driving while intoxicated because a five-year old child was also in the car at the time.
  • A Newsday report gave information on what is the eighth drunk driving arrest for a 45-year old man. While officially he faces a one-year driver's license revocation, the reality will be a lifetime ban. New laws passed in 2012 will make it impossible for him to receive a new driver's license in New York. In addition, he could spend up to four years in prison.

These are just some examples of the different situations in which drunk drivers are found. Accidents caused by these drivers can happen at any time and any location.

People in and around Queens, Nassau and Glen Cove should be aware of the ever-present risk of being involved in a drunk driving crash. Victims should contact an attorney when this happens.

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