Regional Winner of Viral Video Contest Up For $10,000 in Scholarships

Texas 8th Grade Class is the Southwest Regional Winner of the The Husband and Wife Law Team's Sponsored Video Contest to Promote Safe Driving

Last fall, Alexis and Mark Breyer (Breyer Law Offices, P.C.), known as the Husband and Wife Law Team, a Phoenix, Arizona personal injury law firm, became the southwest regional sponsor of the 2010-11 American Lawyer Academy (ALA) Viral Video Scholarship Contest. The scholarship program is dedicated to the thousands of people who are needlessly injured or lose their lives each year due to the negligence of others. The goal of the American Lawyer Academy, in conjunction with its regional partners, is to help reduce the number of collisions and help save lives with a positive viral message created by this contest. High school and college students nationwide were encouraged to submit their videos promoting safe driving.

"We received so many impressive entries from both high school and college students in Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. It was so difficult to choose our top 3 finalists that we had to open it up for public voting!"

"We are happy to announce that the regional winner, now in the pool for the first and second place national prizes of a $10,000 or $3,000 scholarship, is the entry entitled ‘There's a time to drive, and a time to text,' submitted by Dual Credit Computer Graphics Teacher Christi Stuebben on behalf of Nathan Vickery and the 8th grade class at First Baptist Academy in Universal City, Texas!"

The video promotes the message of safe driving habits through a touching story about a teen driver who makes the mistake of texting while driving, costing the life of a child.

Distracted driving is a growing safety concern consisting of any activity that creates a visual, manual, or cognitive distraction from paying attention to the road. In 2009, 20% of injury crashes across the country were caused by some form of distracted driving (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration). The largest proportion of distracted driving accidents involves drivers under 20 years old (NHTSA). Cell phone use while driving impairs a driver as much as having a blood alcohol concentration level of .08 (University of Utah).

The honorable mentions for the Southwest Region are Justin Caylen Castillo from Sandra Day O'Connor school in Texas for his video, "Drive Now. Talk Later," and Joshua Welty from the University of Texas at San Antonio for his video, "The Designated Driver Musical."

The American Lawyer Academy Viral Video Scholarship Contest offers $25,000 in scholarships toward college tuition at a recognized academic institution. The national winners of the grand prize of $10,000 and the 2nd place prize of $3,000 will be announced on June 1st.

About The Husband and Wife Law Team

Alexis and Mark Breyer have been known in Arizona for many years as The Husband and Wife Law Team. We started our practice in 1996, focusing on helping those who have suffered a serious injury or for families who have lost loved ones due to a death caused by the neglect or intentional wrongdoing of another. Our cases include automobile, motorcycle, and trucking accidents, slip and fall incidents, nursing home abuse cases, dog bites, construction accidents, and other cases of negligence that have left innocent people permanently affected.

Mark is a Certified Specialist in Injury and Wrongful Death law, a distinction currently earned by less than 2% of all Arizona attorneys. Both Alexis and Mark Breyer are members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and American Association for Justice. Mark is also a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association. When not fighting for justice, they share a home with their eight children and dog.

About ALA and Regional Sponsors

The mission of American Lawyer Academy (ALA) is to promote legal excellence by providing members of the public with in depth articles on current and important legal issues that affect the legal rights of everyday citizens. American Lawyer Academy, the Viral Video Scholarship Contest™ was created as a community service project to help educate the public on safe driving practices by awarding a scholarship to the film student or video production enthusiast who creates the best public announcement viral video. To learn more about the American Lawyer Academy and the other regional sponsors visit the American Lawyer Academy website.

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