The Law Offices Of Sean M. Cleary 2020 Scholarship
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Why You Shouldn't Drink and Drive
When we deceive ourselves into thinking that drinking and driving are okay, we can be in serious trouble. You know you shouldn't drink and drive, and sometimes you will even decide you'll never do it. But then you drive to a party and you have one more drink than you thought you would, and your car is there. Next, you're thinking that if you don't drive home, you'll have to leave the car there, and then somehow have to get it in the morning. That would be very inconvenient.
Then you remember that lots of people drive when they're over the legal limit and you only live three or four miles from there, so you'll make it safely. "What the heck," you think, and you drive.
That kind of self-deception is dangerous. You might make it home safely that time, but then there are all these other times when you might do it again, and not make it home. Deceiving yourself into believing that you are significantly better than you are at dangerous things could be deadly.
We can stop this way of thinking. There’s no excuse for choosing to dangerously drive drunk when we have non-drinking designated drivers, taxis and ride-sharing apps. We have the power to take personal responsibility. We can plan ahead to get home safely and never drive while intoxicated.
Samantha B. - University of Arizona
Our $1,000 scholarship is intended to support one student who will help raise awareness on the deadly effects of teen DUI. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to students in their pursuit of higher education. If you or someone you care about has had their life impacted by DUI, we want to hear your story.
In 2018, for every 100,000 Americans, 3.3 people were killed in DUI accidents. For every 100,000 Americans under the age of 21, 1.1 teens died in DUI crashes. The numbers are higher for Florida. The number of alcohol-impaired driving fatalities per 100k population was 3.3. (responsibility.org)
If a teen survives his or her first DUI and is arrested, the financial cost is staggering:
The cost of the annual auto insurance increases over the following years.
Those who have been detained are required to attend a DUI Program that also adds to the expenses.
Towing and storage fees can amount to more than $100/day.
He or she will have to pay fines, attorney fees, and DMV reinstatement fees.
A high school or college student charged with DUI will lose the driving license for a period, be on probation, and serve mandatory jail time. He or she may also face a disciplinary hearing at his/her high school or college.
We encourage you to apply to our scholarship program, online applications will be considered. Inspired by a personal story, tell us Why You Shouldn't Drink & Drive.
What happens and what are the consequences when you drive while under the influence?
Have you seen up close the consequences of a DUI offense?
What are some good ways to tell if you or someone else is too drunk to drive?
How can you stop a friend from driving while under the influence?
What are the ways you can get home safely after a party?
Is it safe to drive with a hangover?
Who do you think influences the alcohol use and misuse of young adults?
How does driving while under the influence affect the driver's family?
Does your high school have an alcohol prevention program in place?
Submit your story in essay form (100–300 words). The scholarship is online-only, please apply online and DO NOT CALL and DO NOT EMAIL US, all applications are received online through the form below. We look forward to reading the essays and bestowing this scholarship.
Deadline to apply: August 31, 2020.
Who May Apply?
High School Seniors and College Students
Required Documentation for the Scholarship Winner
One copy of Official High School Transcripts
A head-shot picture of the applicant in high-resolution (Your image will be used in the announcement made on the site if selected as the scholarship winner.)
The applicant's personal information is required to check the essay submission and provide the Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary with the means to contact the winner. This information is used only for our internal records and will not be shared with any third parties.
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