Police intern’s video shows the aftermath of drunk driving

The campaign against drinking and driving has been going on for decades, and in that time has seen some success. The number of Americans killed by drunk drivers has been declining for the past several years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released data in December 2012 showing that the number of deaths due to drunk driving in 2011 dropped below 10,000, a first since recordkeeping concerning the issue began. However, there are still 27 people killed each day in a DUI crash, which amounts to one person dying every 53 minutes on American roads. A young police intern in Manitowoc recently made an educational video chronicling the effects of a drunk driving accident 10 years after the night it occurred.

Effects on all involved

Examining the statistics surrounding the issue of driving while intoxicated may give one an idea of the extent of the problem, but it will never tell the whole story of what happens to the individuals involved in an alcohol-related crash. Each accident has its own story, but many of the elements are similar. The intern who created the video shows the long-lasting impact a drunk driving accident has on not only those who are in the cars involved in the collision but also family members of the victims and the driver as well as the community.

The accident at the center of the video happened in January 2003. The occupants of the vehicle were the driver, who was 21 at the time, and four passengers, ranging in age from 15 to 25. The collision itself was particularly forceful. The driver was drunk and speeding when his car hit a utility pole, causing the vehicle to be torn in half. As a result, a 15-year-old girl and a 17-year-old boy were killed. The two other passengers were injured. For his crime, the driver received a 15-year sentence.

In the video, the driver speaks of his regret, wishing that he could change the choices he made that night. Instead of living the average life of a young man in his 20s, he spent most of that decade behind bars. He also has to live with the fact that he is responsible for the deaths of two young people. In addition, he speaks of how he has disappointed family members by his acts. The driver participated in the video in an attempt to reach other young people, since he does not want others to make the mistake of drinking and driving.

The video also features the mother of the young woman who died in the crash. Highlighting the financial toll of the accident, it is noted that she is still paying for her daughter's funeral. Most importantly, she speaks of the void that will always be there since her daughter is no longer in her life.

Although the effects of a drunk driving accident can be felt for years and years, if you are injured in a collision due to another driver's negligence, you only have a limited time during which you may file a lawsuit seeking compensation for injuries, lost wages, property damages and pain and suffering. Consult an attorney to learn more about how to protect yourself.