The Texas Department of Transportation is being more proactive about keeping people safe from drunk drivers with a program designed to show college students the costs of drunk driving. Texas officials are hoping that the program will deter DWI accidents if the students understand the criminal cost of a DWI. If this program keeps even one family from losing a loved to a drunk driver, it will be worth it. Each year our courts are full of personal injury claims and wrongful death actions that allege injuries occasioned by the negligent and often reckless actions of a drunk or impaired driver. Victims of DWI accidents should always seek the advice of a Houston personal injury attorney.
The Texas DOT is targeting college students for this program since approximately 14,000 of the DWI accidents in 2011 were caused by males between the ages of 18 and 34. The department also stated that just between the months of May and Aug. 2011, 366 people were killed in accidents that involved alcohol. Seven people lost their lives last Labor Day weekend as well. Of course, even one fatality is one too many.
The students are put in orange jumpsuits, have a mug shot taken, and get to check out a life-like jail cell. Then they are shown the financial impact associated with a DWI. Not even considering what the costs would be if there was also an accident involved, students were shown that the costs could reach $17,000.
DWI accidents are one of the most easily avoided accidents on the roads today since all a driver has to do is either not drink, or not drive. Not only are there costs to the state when drinking and driving, but the families of their victims may file personal injury lawsuits or wrongful death actions against those drivers when they cause an accident. Of course, no amount of money can compensate a family that has been marred by a DWI accident. Even if no one is killed, life may never be the same.
Source: LubbockOnline, “Texas Tech students go to simulated jail, learn consequences of drinking and driving,” Brittany Hoover, Aug. 24, 2012