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Law firm’s scholarship raises awareness of distracted driving

Christensen Law, a firm that specializes in helping victims of automobile and truck accidents, is spreading awareness among young people about the dangerous consequences of distracted driving by asking students to write essays for a chance to receive a scholarship.

Distracted driving mainly focuses on texting while driving, but the broader definition includes checking social media, focusing on music, eating and more. Christensen Law has seen firsthand how devastating the effects of distracted driving can be by representing clients who have suffered severe injuries that could have been avoided.

Christensen Law hopes the scholarship competition will help increase overall awareness and reduce the number of distracted driving accidents in 2018.

Eligibility: The $1,000 scholarship contest is open to anyone in the United States who is pursuing, or planning to pursue, post-secondary education at an accredited college or university, including high school seniors. Proof of enrollment or an admissions letter is required. The scholarship is open to every major or degree. A check for the full amount will be made payable to the recipient’s college or university and the student will be expected to submit receipts in accordance with IRS regulations.

To Apply: Students are to write an essay (maximum of 2,000 words) about how distracted driving impacted their life. The essay can be a personal story, a campaign they’ve been involved in, or a fiction or non-fiction story. The scholarship application and essay must be submitted by July 15, 2018. A decision will be rendered, and the winner will be notified by August 15, 2018. Essays and completed applications should be emailed to scholarship@davidchristensenlaw.com or mailed to 25925 Telegraph Road, Suite 200, Southfield MI 48033.

This Distracted Driving Awareness scholarship is part of the firm’s ongoing commitment to raising awareness about the consequences of distracted driving. Find out more about the scholarship at https://www.davidchristensenlaw.com/distracted-driving-scholarship/.


Bank robbery charges dismissed, but 70-year-old man held

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A 70-year-old man is expected to remain behind bars despite a decision by a federal judge to dismiss charges that he robbed three northern Michigan banks.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports a judge in Traverse City on Thursday set a $100,000 bond on an unrelated possession of a stun gun charge.

William Minore told the court the high bond is “ridiculous.”

The robberies occurred in 2015 and 2016 in Empire and Lake Ann, small towns west of Traverse City. Authorities say he distracted police with phony reports of crimes, including a school shooting. The charges in that case were dismissed Wednesday in Grand Rapids.

Minore denies the allegations and says someone set him up.

Leelanau County prosecutors, who initially pursued a bank robbery case against Minore, could take it up again.


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