McGraw wins case, starts drunk driving campaign

John O'Brien Sep. 12, 2007, 7:38pm


CHARLESTON, W. Va. - It took less than two months for West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw's case against a heating and cooling company to end in his favor.

Wednesday, McGraw announced a $16,000 judgment entered against Edwin Burns and ET Burns Mechanic Corp., doing business as Harper's Heating and Cooling.

McGraw alleged that the company, which was formerly located in St. Albans, did not install heating and air conditioning units even though it was being paid to do so. Burns also failed to repair units still under warranty, McGraw said.

"Consumers deserve to receive the goods for which they have paid in all cases," McGraw said. "In this case, consumers were deprived of air conditioning during the extremely hot summer."

McGraw had also charged that the company did not provide a certificate of assumed name with the Kanawha County clerk.

Monday, McGraw announced a radio campaign that targets drunk driving and underage drinking. The quote in his press release is nearly identical to quotes found in releases by Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna and South Dakota Attorney General Larry Yong. Only the states in the quote are different.

"The fact is, drunk-driving crashes are 100 percent preventable," McGraw said. "This initiative reminds adults that we all play a part in preventing drunk driving and that one of the easiest and most effective ways to do that is by designating a driver. By doing so, West Virginians are joining the millions of adults nationwide who have been or have used a designated driver."

McGraw also noted that state drunk-driving fatalities are down 19 percent since 2000. The timing of the campaign coincides with the start of school, and 30-second radio announcements will be aired more than 2,000 times.

"With school back in session, now is the perfect time for parents to talk with their teens about drinking," McGraw said, as did Long and McKenna.

"Parents have a tremendous influence on their teens' decisions about whether or not to drink. By communicating openly and honestly, setting a good example, and not providing alcohol for their teens or their teens' friends, parents play a critical role in preventing underage and abusive drinking among students."

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