Bruce Smith, the former football star at Booker T. Washington and Virginia Tech, who holds the NFL record for career sacks, made the wrong kind of headlines in 2009 when he was convicted of driving under the influence in Virginia Beach.
When a star who young people look up to is convicted of a DUI, it sends a bad message. I was, therefore, pleased to read about how Smith has agreed to do a public service announcement in a bid to reduce drunk driving during the Super Bowl.
The Virginian-Pilot reported on how the Norfolk, VA native will be doing public service ads on the Bud Light and YouTube websites that started running today.
“They are expected to generate a buzz on social media because they are the first the world’s largest brewer has produced featuring someone convicted of driving under the influence,” the Pilot reported.
Smith also has penned an op-ed urging people not to drink and drive that will be running in dozens of newspapers.
Smith was convicted of a DUI in July 2009, just before he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Pilot reported on how Smith’s arrest led the cities of Virginia Beach and Norfolk to cancel celebrations of his induction.
Smith now lives in Virginia Beach. As a Virginia Beach car accident injury lawyer who sees the large degree of death and injury caused by alcohol, I applaud Smith’s brave stance.
The highways of Virginia Beach and Norfolk bear witness to the many terrible accidents caused by drunk drivers. If you are driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you are a danger to yourself and other road users. Pedestrians and even people in their own homes may be in danger.
Last year I wrote about how a man was killed in his home in Newport News when a driver who was accused of being under the influence, crashed through the walls.
If you have been injured by a drunk driver or if you have lost a loved one, call the Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at 757.455.0077 or see CooperHurley.com