A picture is worth a thousand words.
Royal Palm Beach High School’s library is taking it to the next level. It’s hoping that one picture can save lives. According to The Palm Beach Post, the school is showing students a blown up picture of bodies, debris-covered roadways and a mangled SUV to illustrate the serious risks of drunk driving this holiday season.
It’s all a part of the area’s DUI prevention seminars. Ellen Roberts with the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office heads the program alongside two young defendants who got out of their multi-year prison stints in exchange for completion of this public-speaking program.
“No matter how much I tell you that drinking and driving is wrong, you’ll probably look at me like I’m just another adult lecturing you,” Roberts told students. “So that’s why I brought a couple of friends with me.”
Our Boca Raton accident lawyers understand that these high school students may not be old enough to legally purchase alcohol, but they’re still at some of the highest risks for drunk driving car accidents. Teens are getting their hands on booze and getting behind the wheel. In the United States, more than 12 percent of all fatal traffic accidents were alcohol-related, and 40 percent of that number involved teens driving while drinking alcohol.
The truth of the matter is that teen drivers are three times more likely than more experienced drivers to be in a fatal crash. Drinking any alcohol greatly increases this risk for teens.
It’s important we talk with our young drivers about the dangers associated with drinking and driving.
Both of the young defendants, one 20- and one 24-years-old, are convicted felons. They were both involved in drunk driving accidents that killed their best friends. They were the young and intoxicated drivers who caused the accidents.
Unfortunately, the program has been suspended by the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office because Roberts retired. Still, she continues to push the program to help to save young lives. State Attorney-elect Dave Aronberg will decide whether to continue when he takes office.
Roberts recently completed her presentation at Royal Palm Beach High and will next be moving on to William T. Dwyer High School in Palm Beach Gardens.
Roberts has one message to young students regarding drinking and driving — just don’t do it, it’s not worth it.
The truth of the matter is that drunk driving accidents are completely preventable. The risks for these kinds of accidents are especially high over the holiday season when residents are out of work, snowbirds are in town and student are away from school. Talk with the young driver in your family about these risks before they’re let out for holiday break. It’s a talk that could wind up saving lives.