Maryland's third annual HERO Campaign 5k walk took place on Sunday, Oct. 6. The annual charity event raises money to combat drinking and driving by promoting the use of a designated driver. The group was started 13 years ago by the parents of a graduate from the Naval Academy in Annapolis who was killed by a drunk driver. This is their way of honoring the memory of their son.
The program has expanded into seven states, paid commercials, billboards and even works with NASCAR. Last year, nearly $125,000 was raised. The money is used, primarily, to focus on educating students about the dangers of drunk driving and the importance of a designated driver; and that being that designated driver doesn't take away from having a good time. Anyone can sign a pledge to be a designated driver for friends and family who may be out drinking.
Data received from New Jersey regarding drunk driving shows a 33 percent reduction in incidents involving drivers who have been drinking between the years 2000 and 2010. The HERO Campaign has been said to be a contributing factor to that decrease. It is estimated that percentage represents 400 lives that were saved. People often say that accidents involving impaired drivers are some of the most preventable accidents on the roads.
Most everyone in Maryland would agree that drinking and driving is dangerous. However, people do make mistakes by overestimating their ability to drive after they have been drinking. When this happens, the driver could end up facing charges. In that event, it may be beneficial to obtain advice and assistance in how to proceed in order to protect one's legal rights while seeking to resolve any outstanding accusations.
Source: shorenewstoday.com, HERO Walk in Ocean City promotes designated drivers, Ann Richardson, Oct. 2, 2013