At Christensen Law, we take drunk driving seriously. We don’t just represent its victims, we fight against accidents happening in the first place. On August 20, our team walked the walk, participating in Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s “Walk Like MADD” in Rochester, Michigan.
Attorney Sarah Stempky-Kime Led the Christensen Law Team at Walk Like Madd Detroit
Christensen Law was a Supporting Sponsor of Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s recent fundraiser, “Walk Like MADD” at the Rochester Municipal Park on August 20, 2016. But we believe that just providing money isn’t enough to fight against drunk driving. Instead, we put a team together to walk the walk along side MADD.
Associate Attorney Sarah Stempky-Kime headed up the Christensen Law team with baby in tow. We showed up bright and early on that Saturday to represent Christensen Law and support Mothers Against Drunk Driving. All together 7 adults and 4 kids walked on behalf of the firm.
Why the Fight Against Drunk Driving Matters
Drunk Driving accidents ruin lives. In 2014 alone, nearly 10,000 people were killed by an intoxicated driver. The 290,000 who are injured every year face thousands and sometimes millions of dollars in medical expenses and rehabilitation costs. In total, drunk driving costs individuals, employers, and the U.S. government approximately $132 billion a year.
But that doesn’t stop people from getting behind the wheel. In 2013, 28.7 million people admitted to driving under the influence of alcohol. The largest number of them were young adults ages 26-29. And they get away with it. The average drunk driver takes the risk more than 80 times before getting arrested. Even then, over half of convicted drunk drivers continue to drive on a suspended license.
What MADD is Doing About Drunk Driving
Christensen Law is happy to support MADD in its efforts to stop drunk driving. The organization takes an all-around approach to fighting drunk and drugged driving. It has programs designed to:
- Support The Victims And Survivors Of Drunk Driving.
- Lobby For Ignition Interlock Laws Starting With The First Offense.
- Reduce Underage Drunk Driving.
- Build Public Awareness About The Effects Of Drunk And Drugged Driving.
MADD was founded in 1980. Since that time, drunk driving deaths have been cut in half in the United States. Their strategies work. But the fight continues, and needs considerable financial and public support to carry on.
You Can Still Help!
If you missed the event, there is no need to worry. While this particular walk met its goal, your contribution to the cause against drunk driving is always welcome. You join the fight by making a donation on the Walk Like MADD Detroit website. Donations will be accepted until September 20, 2016.
Christensen Law in Southfield, Michigan is an auto accident law firm that defends the victims of drunk driving against auto insurance companies and at-fault driving. If you have been the victim of a drunk driving accident, contact Christensen Law today for a free consultation.