Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
With Halloween just around the corner, crashes involving drunk drivers are likely to increase. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately one drunk-driving fatality occurred every 53 minutes in 2011.
Alcohol-Impaired Driving Facts
In 2011, 9,878 people were killed in crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers. Those victims accounted for 31 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2011. In 2010, 10,136 people died in crashes involving drunk drivers. The difference in drunk-driving-related fatalities between 2010 and 2011 actually represents a 2.5 percent decrease. Additionally, younger drivers are at a significantly high risk for being killed in drunk-driving crashes.
Tips to Keep Everybody Safe
• Always designate a sober driver.
• If you have been drinking, contact somebody who can take you home.
• Don’t let an alcohol-impaired friend get behind the wheel.
• If you notice erratic driving, contact a law enforcement agency immediately.
Legal, Financial and Societal Impacts of Impaired Driving
Drivers who choose to get behind the wheel after drinking are putting the entire community at risk. Almost one third of all traffic related fatalities that occurred in 2011 involved drunk drivers. Nobody expects to get behind the wheel and kill somebody, but it happens every day. Law enforcement agencies often step up their efforts to keep roads safe during the holidays, so drunk drivers can expect to face criminal charges if they choose to get behind the wheel. They can face jail time, expensive fines, court costs, legal fees, increased insurance rates, medical bills, property damage expenses and the loss of their driver’s license. Ultimately, the most damaging things associated with drunk-driving crashes are the fatalities and injuries that occur as a result.
After a Wreck
Unfortunately, being a responsible driver isn’t always enough to keep yourself and your family safe. Innocent victims get hurt in crashes involving drunk drivers every day. If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in a crash involving an impaired driver, contact the experienced team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. immediately. Our experienced attorneys can help hold responsible parties accountable for damages. With Halloween and the holiday season around the corner, roadway safety needs to be a top priority for all drivers.