San Diego Family Speaks with Local Students about Drinking and Driving
Almost a year after a drunk driver slammed head-on into the Cunningham family’s minivan, they’re speaking to students at Point Loma Nazarene University about the consequences of drinking and driving. On Saint Patrick’s Day, 2013, Alisa Cunningham and her daughters were in their minivan on Highway 52. While heading home from picking up the girls, the minivan was struck head-on by a drunk driver. Will Cunningham offered a heartfelt testimony about arriving at the hospital to find his wife and daughters being treated for various injuries. One of the Cunningham girls was kept in a coma for 17 days. Students listened intently as each family member described how their lives changed in that instant.
Impaired Driving Facts
• 10,228 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in 2010.
• In 2010, almost one-third of all traffic-crash-related deaths occurred in drunk-driving crashes.
• 1.4 million people were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics in 2010.
• Every day, nearly 30 people die in crashes involving drunk drivers.
Drunk Drivers in California
It takes more than just increased law enforcement efforts to keep roadways in California safe for motorists. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has a variety of programs to increase awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving. In addition to driving-under-the-influence (DUI) checkpoints, law enforcement officials with the CHP also participate in programs to promote designated driving, public education campaigns and a variety of programs and activities to deter impaired people from getting behind the wheel.
After a Wreck Involving an Impaired Driver
After a wreck involving an impaired driver, you should always take care of your medical needs first. After being medically evaluated and treated for injuries, you should contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. An attorney can stay abreast of official reports and keep up with the investigative efforts of various state and local law enforcement agencies. You can focus on getting back on your feet, and your lawyer can take care of the details. Medical bills, lost wages and other damages associated with a wreck involving a drunk driver can be incredibly expensive. Contact the experienced team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1-877-231-9970 for a free case consultation.