December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month and Ballard High School hosted an assembly about the problem. The My Ballard blog reported about it:
Today was a memorable day for the over 500 students who filled Ballard High
School auditorium to hear UW Huskies’ tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and
group of community members speak about the dangers of driving under the
influence of drugs and alcohol. The assembly was a moving event that allowed all
audience members to grasp the dire consequences that can result of making poor
decisions before getting behind the wheel.
The assembly started with the emotional and intimate perspective of local mom
Kelly Jones who tragically lost her son Kellen Jones in an alcohol
related car accident outside Ballard Taco Time restaurant on April 4, 2010.
Jones wanted students to hear the important message “from the heart of a mom”
and impacted the attentive audience with images of the accident scene and the
response of family and friends to the tragic deaths. “You have the obligation to
yourself and to your family and friends to drive and ride responsibly,” said
Jones to the students. Since the tragedy, Jones founded the Drive. Ride. Responsibly.
campaign to spread awareness of the importance of both driving and riding
Liberty Mutual has a great info-graphic about teenage drinking and driving on New Years Eve. Here's the top part of it: