“SaferRide” App and Holiday Drunk Driving Crackdown
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently issued a press release about their new “SaferRide” mobile app. This app is aimed at helping users find safe rides home after celebrating or partying with alcohol. This time of year is notorious for an increase in drunk driving accidents. The NHTSA is hoping that the SaferRide app, in addition to the national crackdown on drunk driving, will help to reduce the overall number of fatal and injury-causing drunk driving crashes this season.
How Does SaferRide Work?
The SaferRide app allows users to call a taxi or a friend and uses geo-location technology to identify one’s location for pickup. The app is currently available for Android smart phones on Google Play. Officials with the NHTSA are hoping this app will help to keep drunk drivers off the road by providing a simple easy-to-use app for finding a safe ride home.
Drunk Driving Stats
• Drunk driving deaths declined by 2.5 percent in 2013.
• In 2013, 10,076 people were killed in drunk driving crashes.
• One person died every 52 minutes in a drunk driving crash in 2013.
Annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign
In addition to the SaferRide app, state and local law enforcement agencies across the country are participating in the annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. The crackdown on drunk drivers starts on December 15 and continues until January 1, 2015. Over 10,000 police departments will be participating nationwide. There will also be an $8 million U.S. national advertising campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of drunk driving this holiday season.
After an Accident Involving an Impaired Driver
After any kind of accident, your heath and your family’s welfare need to be your top priorities. You can focus on getting back on your feet and taking care of your family by letting a personal injury attorney handle the details. The holidays are all about spending time with loved ones. Don’t let an injury sideline you for the season. An experienced injury attorney can stay on top of official investigative developments and make sure your rights are being protected.