West Shomokin HS April 25 - 14 - Copy

Alcohol & The Effects of DUI

“My Life Sentence”
My name is Vernon Hilyer aka: Brandon’s Dad. I share a true life story about my son’s fight with alcohol and the effects his choices had on everyone who knew and loved him. My son Brandon was an outstanding all-American kid that was full of life, but alcohol impaired his control and eventually robbed him of life. N

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WVU News Broadcast

News Broadcast on DUI Awareness Program

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Future Events

May 2  Jefferson County Adult DUI class

May 6  United High School  – Indiana County

May 9  AC Valley High School  – Clarion County

May 10  Slippery Rock High School  –  Butler County

May 11  9am Clarion-Venango United Methodist Women- Franklin District, Knox PA

May 11   Oil City High School  –  Venango County

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Kittanning Newspaper Article ‘Safe Driving Awareness’ Impacts Students

‘Safe Driving Awareness’ Impacts Students

Vernon Hilyer of Clarion shares his “life sentence” to West Shamokin High School teenagers Friday afternoon during the annual “Safe Driving Awareness Day.” Hilyer’s 21-year-old son, Brandon, died after driving drunk in September 2008.
By Jonathan Weaver

Vernon Hilyer doesn’t

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Cold hard facts about drinking and driving.

Presently 25,000 people are killed each year in alcohol related accidents.

One American life is lost every 30 minutes in alcohol related auto crashes.

It is estimated that one out of every two Americans will be involved in an alcohol related accident in his or her lifetime.

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Help Our Cause

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Quick Quiz

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D.U.I. Statistics

• Alcohol is a factor in almost half of all traffic fatalities
• Every other minute a person is seriously injured in an alcohol related crash
• Teenage drivers are at a higher risk to be involved in a drinking and driving accident
• At the point when you have reached a six pack, your chances of being in a drunk driving accident are up to 44%.

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My name is Vernon Hilyer aka: Brandon’s Dad. I share a true life story about my son’s fight with alcohol and the effects his choices had on everyone who knew and loved him. My son Brandon was an outstanding all-American kid that was full of life, but alcohol impaired his control and eventually robbed him of life. Now I serve a "Life Sentence" due to his drinking and driving. My Life Sentence is not one behind bars but a life full of sadness and emptiness. I share many things about his drinking world, both in high school and in college that most can relate to. My true-life story has had a life changing effect on many people. As you look through this site, think to yourself how this will impact your students. Working together we can save one more life.

If you are interested in my program and would like to help me impact more lives by delivering a presentation to your group or organization, or if you would just simply like to get more information click here to contact me.


Some key quotes from my presentations:

And not only how it effects you, but how it effects everyone around you..Forever

If a Police officer pulls you over for suspicion of DUI, You need to
thank them for possibly saving your life.

It's a phase; Most kids grow out of it,
Brandon will never see 22.

Think of your Mom and Dad,
What will they do when the police knock on their door?

Once Alcohol becomes important to you, it becomes important to have
Alcohol.

The bar tender said, "When he left the bar he was fine." She was
the last one to see him alive.

We headed home to make arraignments to bury my son, my Drunk Driver

It was 8:00 in the morning and our lives have changed forever.

Please don't Drink, and definitely don't Drink and Drive.