Join the Marasco & Nesselbush legal team on June 10 in a road race to raise awareness of the importance of responsible driving and the dangers of driving under influence.
Statistics leave little room for doubt – drunk drivers remain a serious threat to the safety of our roads. In fact, drunk drivers claim thousands of lives a year. According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2016, 29 people a day died in motor vehicle crashes where alcohol-impairment was a factor. Realizing that this number translates into one casualty every 50 minutes really helps to grasp the horrific scale of this problem. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) further specifies that in 2016, 10,497 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes. This number accounted for almost a third of all traffic accidents deaths that year.
Children – Innocent Victims of Drunk Driving
Tragically, as much as 17% of all children (aged 0 to 14) who died in car crashes in 2016 were killed in accidents involving an alcohol-impaired driver. While each traffic accident fatality is an incomprehensible tragedy, when a drunk driver kills a child, it is especially heartbreaking. Unfortunately, such was the case with Katie DeCubellis.
Katie DeCubellis was a was a 13-year-old, eighth-grade student at the Pier School in Narragansett. A bright child and natural leader, she excelled at sports, academic tasks and was active in doing community service. Katie had a passion for helping others and a bright future ahead of her. Sadly, her life was cut short on October 29th, 1999 when a drunk driver killed her and Marsha Bowman.
The Katie DeCubellis Memorial Foundation
Thanks to Katie’s parents, John and Meg DeCubellis, her legacy lives on through the Katie DeCubellis Memorial Foundation (KDMF). The foundation promotes youth leadership, supports education, and generates public awareness of the dangers of drunk driving and substance abuse. It does so by awarding scholarships, producing videos on responsible driving, and visiting schools where John and Meg talk to students about the importance of making responsible decisions. Over the past year alone, Katie’s parents have spoken to an impressive number of over 9,000 students and parents.
KDMF 5K Road Race and Walk
For the past 18 years, the Katie DeCubellis Memorial Foundation 5K Road Race and Walk has been one of the primary means of remembering Katie, celebrating her legacy, and raising awareness of the dangers of drunk driving in the Narragansett community. This year’s race, which will take place on Sunday, June 10, 2018, will be the last one to ever be organized. John and Meg would like to take this occasion to personally thank all those who have shown their continuous support during all these years.
Join Our Team on June 10th
Our team at Marasco & Nesselbush would like to express and show our heartfelt support for this event. We work hard in behalf of the surviving family members of victims of drunk drivers on a daily basis and we have sees firsthand the destructive consequences of impaired driving. In our opinion, the importance of responsible driving and the dangers of driving under influence cannot be overstressed. Members of our legal team will participate in this year’s Katie DeCubellis Memorial Foundation 5K Road Race and Walk and we would like to encourage our clients and friends in the community to do the same. Registration for the race is now open online and via a mail-in form. More information can be found on the KDMF’s official website.
As the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility notes, the number of drunk driving fatalities has decreased by 51% since 1982. This gives us reason for optimism but there is still much work to be done. Our goal is zero drunk driving deaths on American roads. By taking part in initiatives such as the Katie DeCubellis Memorial Foundation 5K Road Race and Walk we can all be part of the force behind positive change.