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Traumatic brain injury: one man's story

According to AAA, the Fourth of July holiday week is expected to have more travelers than during the July 4 week last year. It may also see a number of drunk driving accidents. Texas is working to prevent Fourth of July drinking and driving in two ways: by increasing law enforcement statewide; and by putting a face on the consequences of drunk driving accidents.

According to news sources, law enforcement will not only increase the number of officers on the road, but will also add mandatory blood tests.

Putting a face on the consequences of drunk driving is being done through a program called "Faces of Drunk Driving." Currently it is telling the story of one man who suffered a traumatic brain injury and has been undergoing treatment in Galveston. He is sharing his story in the hopes of preventing drunk driving accidents like the one that changed his life forever.

The accident occurred in 2005 when the Texas man was a college student. He was a passenger in a pickup truck, driven by a college friend, when they were involved in a crash. The truck was wrapped around a tree and the Texas man barely survived. Both college students were drunk at the time of the crash.

The Texas man suffered multiple broken bones and internal injuries, but it is the traumatic brain injury which has changed his life. He could not walk or speak. Recently, he has become more mobile and can walk with assistance following intensive physical therapy in Galveston. He still cannot speak, although he tours the region with his non-profit group called "When Sean (and Mom) Speak." The Texas man communicates through a keyboard and a computer-aided voice.

His message is simple. Don't drink and drive.

The news report did not mention whether or not the Texas man obtained personal injury compensation from his college friend who was driving.

Source: Click2Houston.com, "'Faces of drunk driving' hopes to prevent crashes," June 28, 2012

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