New Year’s Eve is notoriously well known for an increase in injury causing and fatal crashes on roadways in California and across the nation. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) issued a press release about their efforts to improve roadway safety on the traditionally very dangerous and deadly night. This year, the CHP encouraged motorists to start their New Year with a resolution for a safe celebration. The CHP encouraged partygoers who planned on drinking alcohol to designate a sober driver for a safe ride home. The CHP, along with a variety of other law enforcement agencies in the state, participated in Maximum Enforcement Periods (MEPs).
New Year’s Eve Maximum Enforcement Period
The CHP’s MEP ran from 6:01 p.m. on Friday, December 30, 2016, to 11:59 p.m. on Monday, January 2, 2017. Troopers were out in full force over the holiday weekend. They were looking specifically for alcohol-impaired drivers but also were on the lookout for distracted drivers, speeding, seat belt violations and other traffic safety violations. Additionally, all available law enforcement and support personnel were on duty to assist any roadway users that were in need of help.
DUI Crashes During New Year’s Eve
According to the CHP, 27 people died in crashes on California roadways during the New Year’s holiday in 2015. Furthermore, CHP troopers made over 920 arrests for driving under the influence (DUI) during that 78-hour MEP. The CHP also reports that 40 percent of traffic-related deaths during the December holiday season involve alcohol-impaired drivers. These injury causing and fatal crashes are completely preventable.
When to Call a Personal Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash involving a drunk driver during the holiday season, you need to get in touch with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible about your case. Insurance companies can be notoriously difficult to deal with, and you need an advocate on your side as you focus on recovering from injuries. Make a resolution for safety this year, and designate a sober driver before you start celebrating.
The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. wishes everybody a Safe and Happy New Year’s Eve and a great start to 2017.