Brandywine sheds light on drunken drivingPublished 11:06pm Thursday, December 15, 2011
If the neighbors leave the lights on this weekend, it is not because they are trying to waste energy.
They are trying to shed light on the serious issue of drunken driving.
The Brandywine Middle School group, Students Against Destructive Decisions, is asking everyone to leave their car and home lights on from 6 p.m. Friday to 6 p.m. Sunday.
The lights are meant to represent someone who has been a victim of drunken driving.
Nearly 12,000 people die every year in alcohol and drug-related crashes, according to statistics provided by SADD. One person dies every 50 minutes and one person is injured every two minutes due to accidents caused by impaired driving.
SADD is calling the event “Lights on for Life Day.” It is a kickoff for National Lifesavers Weekend, which runs Friday through Sunday.
SADD students are hoping to save more lives and reduce impaired-driving related deaths by generating increased awareness about the issue.
In order to take part, students are asking people to drive with headlights on and to keep porch lights, holiday lights and floodlights on this weekend.