Last week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) kicked off the nationwide ‘Drive Sober of getting Pulled Over’ campaign. The crackdown will run through Labor Day weekend.
The Baton Rouge Police Department announced on Aug. 15 that participating law enforcement agencies will be using grants to fund overtime pay for officers to conduct saturation patrols, checkpoints and more, to stop drunk driving. The department also reminds drivers that if you go out drinking, you should select a designated driver or call for a taxicab.
“With the help of law enforcement around the country, we are going to continue doing all that we can to stop drunk driving and the needless tragedies that result from this reckless behavior,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a press release.
Earlier this year, the NHTSA noted that drunk driving crashes cost the national $47 billion in direct economic impacts in 2010; when you take into account loss of life and loss of quality of life, the number jumps to $195 billion.
Although the NHTSA runs this type of campaign several times a year, the focus this time is on Labor Day weekend. According to the NHTSA, in the past five years, more than 750 people were killed in drink driving accidents over the holiday weekend.
In 2013, about 5.4 percent of all crashes in Louisiana were alcohol-related. In total, 42 percent of the fatal crashes involved a drunk driver.
When these types of accidents happen, victims are often left physically and emotionally distraught. In the case of a fatal accident, families are left to cope with this unexpected loss. The car accident lawyers at Simien & Simien understand that nothing can return you to an uninjured state or bring back your loved one, but what you can do is fight for justice.
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