Federal Grant to Help Save Lives in California

It’s no secret that impaired drivers are endangering lives on California roadways nearly every day. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has recently received a federal grant to crack down on impaired drivers. This grant, which has been awarded by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), is going to pay for public awareness efforts and additional enforcement operations.

Just The Facts

• Over 1,000 people are killed in collisions involving impaired drivers each year.
• Last year, officers with the CHP made almost 80,000 DUI arrests.
• According to the Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System, there were over 17,000 alcohol-involved collisions in California in 2011.
• There were more than 1,000 people killed and nearly 24,000 people injured in those collisions.

Increasing Awareness and Stepping up Enforcement

With this grant, the CHP plans to launch a statewide media campaign, host at least 100 traffic safety presentations and conduct more than 200 sobriety and drivers’ license checkpoints. Additionally, they also plan to deploy 75 DUI saturation patrols throughout California.

Impaired Drivers Endangering Lives

Anytime an impaired person gets behind the wheel, he or she is putting everybody on the road at great risk. In addition to facing criminal consequences, these irresponsible drivers can also be held liable for damages in civil cases. If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash involving an impaired driver, you may be entitled to compensation for damages. Compensation for damages can cover medical bills, property damage, lost wages, pain and suffering and long-term care or rehabilitation expenses.

What to do After a Wreck

After any kind of automobile wreck, you need to seek medical attention. Once your immediate medical needs have been addressed, you should contact an experienced car accident attorney as soon as possible. A lawyer can help you during this difficult and confusing time. You may be in the hospital and out of work. You don’t have to deal with pushy insurance companies by yourself. A lawyer can be your advocate, while you focus on getting back to your normal life. If you or a loved one has been injured by an impaired driver, contact the experienced team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 877-231-9970 for a free consultation today.

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