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Arrive Alive

Pictured are Piedmont seniors with Josh Bennett and his mother Peggy Bennett. Josh sustained permanent injuries after an accident caused by his drinking and driving.

The law offices of Michael A. DeMayo sponsored an “Arrive Alive” presentation on Thursday, May 16 in the Piedmont auditorium. The Senior class listened to the presentation that focused on injuries and consequences that result from drinking and driving. The presentation included accounts of actual situations and persons who have had life-changing injuries due to drinking and driving. 

One of the focuses of Attorney DeMayo’s law practice is handling cases involving injuries resulting from drunk driving. His purpose of traveling to several Union County high schools is to encourage students to be alcohol free and not to engage in the risky behavior of drunk driving. The presentation’s intent was to show the graduating class the costs of drinking and driving, which can include impacting your job, college experience, and entire life’s functions. He used photos to visually tell stories and then Josh Bennett spoke as a primary source of how his accident, which was a result of his drinking and driving, has left him with many physical and developmental challenges that have been life changing.   He suffered severe brain trauma after his accident and essentially had to retrain himself to do all the basic functions of life. 
Students in the audience listened to the emotional accounts and several had comments about the personal stories. Chris Forbis stated that “Mr. DeMayo was able to get through to us using personal stories that I feel were very effective.” Fellow Senior Amanda Jenkins also said that “The presentation was very touching. I was about to cry because it was hard to see the people who have actually been through that and how they have to deal with the consequences of someone else’s reckless behavior.”
The presentation was organized by Lisa Callahan with the UCPS Support and Prevention Office. The goal was to deliver this message to all the members of the Class of 2011…make good decisions and avoid engaging in reckless behaviors such as drinking and driving that could have costly consequences for yourself and others.

Written by: Donna Helms
Posted: May 20, 2011 by Donna Helms

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