North Carolina Accident Lawyer Richard Flexner Says New Campaign to Combat Underage Drinking Underscores Problem of Drunk Driving

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Flexner, the founding attorney at Richard Flexner Law Offices, says a new statewide campaign to reduce underage drinking may reduce car accidents and save lives.

We welcome public campaigns to reduce drinking and driving and protect young people.

A new $2.5 million North Carolina campaign to reduce underage drinking may reduce accidents involving drunk drivers by raising awareness about the danger of getting behind the wheel after consuming alcoholic beverages, Wilmington, NC car accident lawyer Richard Flexner said today.

“We welcome public campaigns to reduce drinking and driving and protect young people,” said Flexner, a personal injury attorney with more than 35 years’ experience. “That’s because we believe they do work by saving lives. At Richard Flexner Law Offices, drunk driving cases are some of the most heart-wrenching cases we handle, especially when they involve young people.”

According to a report in, the North Carolina effort launched Dec. 3 includes TV ads, a website to help parents communicate with their children and a series of school assemblies. (“NC launches campaign to combat underage drinking,” Dec. 3). The title of the campaign is “Talk it out: Start the conversation. Stop underage drinking.”

The advertisements present sobering images of the impact of drinking on young people. According, one ad shows a father preparing baby food for an adult son who has suffered from a severe brain injury. Another TV spot shows a mother talking to her daughter in a coffin.

The state also has produced a video revealing personal stories about the tragic consequences of drunk driving, according to

Flexner pointed to statistics published by the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility that reveal 402 alcohol-impaired driving deaths in 2012 in North Carolina. According to the website, there were 45 under 21 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities that year.

Flexner said parents should talk to their youngsters about the dangers of drinking and driving. “Communication between parents and their children is so important,” Flexner said. “You should tell your teenagers never to drink and drive, because the consequences can be grave. And tell them not to get in a car with someone who has been drinking.”

Flexner noted that a website,, provides other tips for parents who want to know how to talk to their children about underage drinking.

According to the article, a survey of 500 parents and 300 middle and high school students found that 90 percent of middle schoolers think a parental talk about drinking would be helpful.

The underage drinking campaign is funding by revenue from state-controlled liquor stores, according to the

Flexner said anyone who is injured by a drunk driver or who loses a loved one in a drunk driving accident should seek the advice of legal counsel. “We are here to protect the rights of those who are injured or whose loved one dies in an accident because of someone else’s negligence,” Flexner said. “Our job is to help victims obtain compensation for their expenses and losses. But we know these cases are about more than just money. They’re also about sending a message that drunk driving will not be tolerated on North Carolina roads.”

About Richard Flexner Law Offices
For over 35 years, attorney Richard Flexner has fought diligently to protect the rights of personal injury victims and families who have lost loved ones in Wilmington and across North Carolina. In addition to handling cases involving drunk driving and impaired accidents and other matters involving personal injury and wrongful death, Flexner represents North Carolinians who need assistance with workers’ compensation claims. Flexner serves New Hanover County, Brunswick County, Pender County and all of North Carolina. He is a member of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice.

If you were injured, or a loved one was injured or killed in a drunk driving car accident, call 800-FLEXNER (800-353-9637) today for a free case consultation.

Richard Flexner Law Offices
3805 Oleander Dr
Wilmington, NC 28403

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