With goggles on hand to simulate the effects of being under the influence of alcohol and with a straight yellow line for attendees to walk while texting, Emroch & Kilduff demonstrated just how dangerous it is to drive while impaired or distracted, during the Saturday, February 5th, CBS6 Healthy Lifestyle Expo.
There was so much interest at the Emroch & Kilduff booth that a WTVR newswoman, a physician and a Petersburg sheriff were among those lined up to take part in the activities. “The drunk simulation goggles demonstrate what it is like if you are drunk, both in the day- and night-time. By distorting your vision, they show how dangerous it is,” said Emroch & Kilduff attorney Ward Marstiller. Marstiller also notes, “There is a statute that was recently passed that makes it unlawful to text while driving. Texting and driving is a new phenomenon; while there is a lot of information about drinking and driving, people don’t realize that there are 500,000 people who are injured each year and an additional 6,000 that are killed by distracted drivers, particularly by those who are using their phone*.”
The message had such an impact that after seeing coverage of the booth activities on a 9:30 AM CBS newscast, one local area mother brought her 14-year-old son to the event and the Emroch & Kilduff booth to try the goggles so he could understand how dangerous it is to drive while intoxicated.
Attendees also enjoyed the chance to win a $250 Kroger gift card if they were able to successfully complete the “Take the Emroch & Kilduff TEXT Test”, which challenged participants to walk a straight line while texting. The test demonstrated how distracted an individual is while texting.
Congratulations to Donnell E. who successfully completed the texting test by walking a straight line while texting and won the $250 Kroger gift card.
Since 1970, Emroch & Kilduff has represented the victims of personal injury in both state and federal courts, specializing in cases involving brain damage, burn injuries, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, loss of limb, wrongful death, truck accidents, car accidents, motorcycle accidents, work place accidents and defective products. Today, the firm has four offices, eight attorneys and more than 20 team members. The attorneys are licensed to practice in both Virginia and Washington, D.C., and are well qualified to meet the needs of the Spanish-speaking community.
*Source: US Department of Transportation