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Contact: Stephanie Tombrello, LCSW, Executive Director
SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A., email@example.com, (310) 222-6860
DUI CRASHES INJURE KIDS, REMIND PARENTS
OF RISK OF DRIVING IMPAIRED
ALTADENA, CA (August 21, 2009) – A series of DUI-related crashes this summer have
had a common, tragic outcome — children dying or being seriously injured because they were
riding with an impaired parent or caregiver.
On August 15, three children, aged 2, 5 and 6, were in a minivan traveling on Interstate
10 near Indio when their intoxicated driver lost control of the car after tread separated on one of
the tires. During the subsequent roll-over crash, two of the children were ejected from the
vehicle. The driver, Edward Dunbar, was subsequently arrested for felony child endangerment
and felony driving under the influence. Dunbar and another adult also were injured.
It was reported that two of the children were restrained in some way. The five-year-old
was not using a safety seat or safety belt.
Another recent crash in Westchester County, New York, allegedly involving a DUI
driver, killed eight people, including four children. That crash has led the Governor of New
York, David Paterson, to introduce The Child Passenger Protection Act, which would make
drinking and driving a felony if children under the age of 16 are in the car.
The pattern is all too familiar to Stephanie Tombrello, Executive Director of
SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A. “Almost 400 kids die on our roads each year in DUI-involved crashes,
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and many more are injured. Twenty-five percent of the crashes that kill children involve alcohol.
Most of these kids aren’t placed at risk by a stranger but by the person with whom they are
The trauma suffered by vulnerable children makes Tombrello angry. “These small
children had no say about whether or not they got in the car with an impaired driver. Too many
kids are killed