From the office of Sen. J.B. Jennings:
According to a drunk driving lawyer in town, senator J.B. Jennings introduced legislation that requires any person who is convicted of, or granted probation before judgment (PBJ) for drunk driving offenses, to attend an educational program offered by the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical System.
“Drinking and driving violations have remained consistent over the past 10 years. When someone gets arrested for a DUI, they tend to think more about the impact a DUI will have on their record, rather than think about how their actions could have impacted others. We need to change that way of thinking,” Jennings said.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 32,885 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2010. Thirty-one percent (10,228) of those fatalities involved an alcohol-impaired driver. In addition, drunk driving costs the United States $132 billion a year.
The mission of the Prevention Program is to provide information regarding the consequences of dangerous decisions so adults can make a healthy, safe, and informed decision. This program opens with a slide show presentation and a review of medical equipment that a typical patient may have when admitted to Shock Trauma. Participants watch a video that presents several trauma survivors and/or families impacted by drinking and driving. The program is then augmented by a trauma survivor that shares his or her powerful story.
“I believe those convicted or granted PBJ for drunk driving offenses should be attending the Shock Trauma Prevention Program. This program offers a cognitive learning approach where the individual will learn by watching, reading and experiencing stimuli in hopes that the information will be processed by the brain and later recalled. My hope is the next time the individual is drunk or impaired, and get behind the wheel, they will remember what they saw in the program and not start the car,” said Jennings.
For more information on SB213 – “Drunk Driving – Mandatory Participation in Educational Program” contact Senator Jennings’ office at 410-841-3706 or email at JB.Jennings@senate.state.md.us.