Benito Capellan, a man recently convicted of manslaughter and released from jail, is using his own drunk driving experience to help others. He hit and killed a bicyclist when he drove after drinking in July 2012. He wants the bicyclist’s memory to live on through a program he has started.
Gallop Safe Ride will cater to University of Texas Arlington students, although the program isn't officially connected to the school. It will allow students to call a number and request a car with a volunteer driver if they've had too much to drink. The program has already contracted with Enterprise to line up vehicles for the program.
The only thing keeping the program from starting is some final forms and approvals. If everything goes as planned, Gallop Safe Ride will train volunteer drivers before the fall semester begins in August.
I think that most people forget about college students when it comes to drinking and driving because it is a part of the college "culture." Providing a program such as this means that students don’t have to feel pressured or forced into a bad situation.
The convenience of simply calling someone to get a ride with no questions asked is exactly what college kids want, and I believe that this could really cut down on a portion of the drunk driving problem in Texas.
As a personal injury lawyer, I handle the victims' side of the situation. They usually face awful injuries and sometimes even the death of a family member or friend. When the fault of a drunk driving accident is on a young driver, I can’t help but think how one small mistake can shape not only their own life but also the lives of the many people involved in the accident.
Drinking and driving is never worth it, especially when you have your entire life in front of you.