Fall River Car Accident Attorney Deborah G. Kohl Comments on Anti-Drunk Driving Educational Effort

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Fall River personal injury lawyer Deborah G. Kohl offers suggestions for parents to keep their teenagers from drinking and driving or accepting rides with people who have been drinking.

“Parents should tell their teenagers that it’s OK to call them if they need a ride because they were drinking. Teenagers also need to be reminded that they should never accept a ride from a friend who has been drinking.

Fall River auto accident lawyer Deborah G. Kohl, of the Law Offices of Deborah G. Kohl, today praised a recent campaign to educate students in Fall River about the dangerous of drinking and driving.

Fall River school officials, police officers and fellow students recently began educating students at B.M.C. Durfee High School about the dangers of drinking and driving, according to an article published by The Herald News on April 24, 2013.

“This is an important message that can’t be repeated enough times,” said Kohl, whose firm represents people injured due to the negligence of drunk drivers. “Teenagers need to hear about the dangers of drinking and driving from their teachers, from law enforcement, from their parents, and perhaps most importantly from their friends. Too many people are still dying in drinking and driving accidents each year in Massachusetts and across the country. And sadly, many of these people who die are just teenagers.”

Durfee High School in Fall River held an assembly on April 23, 2013, to educate students about the dangers of drinking and driving, according to The Herald News. Fall River Police Chief Daniel Racine talked with students about his own experience of losing a fellow high school classmate, who died in a drunk driving accident on his prom night. Racine also praised five Durfee High School seniors in the Class of 2013 who made a video dramatizing the dangers of drinking and driving.

“Peer to peer is the most effective method” for educating students about the dangers of drunk driving, Racine said according to The Herald News. “I’m an adult, so they may listen. But there could also be some guardedness.”

Every day, almost 30 people nationwide die in motor vehicle accidents involving drunk drivers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That’s one death every 48 minutes. In 2010, a total of 10,228 people were killed in DWI accidents nationwide. That’s one third of all traffic related deaths in the entire country, according to the CDC. In Massachusetts, 115 people died in drunk driving accidents in 2010, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Taking a tough stance against drunk drivers is only way to eliminate the problem, Kohl said. “We have to be aggressive if we’re ever going to stop drinking and driving,” Kohl said. “It’s not just the police and schools that should be speaking out against drunk driving. All of us have to take a stand.”

Kohl said she anyone who is drinking alcohol should use a designated sober driver to get home or call a taxi. “Parents should tell their teenagers that it’s OK to call them if they need a ride because they were drinking,” Kohl said. “Teenagers also need to be reminded that they should never accept a ride from a friend who has been drinking.”

For more information about drunk driving accidents in Massachusetts and the legal rights available to victims of such accidents, call (508) 677-4900 or go to http://www.dgklaw.com.

About the Law Offices of Deborah G. Kohl
With offices in Fall River and Foxborough, Mass., as well as in Providence, R.I., the Law Offices of Deborah G. Kohl has well-earned reputation throughout New England for being a law firm that delivers results for clients. The law firm focuses on a wide range of disability and personal injury cases, including Social Security disability, workers compensation, longshore and harbor workers claims and car accidents. With more than 30 years of experience as an attorney, Deborah G. Kohl believes strongly in standing up for the rights of the injured and disabled. Attorney Kohl works on a contingency fee basis. That means you pay nothing if you don’t win. The Law Offices of Deborah G. Kohl is located at 191 Bedford Street, Fall River, MA 02720.

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