I’m Ed Smith, a Vallejo car accident lawyer. Summer is nearing its end and for many the Labor Day holiday weekend is the last opportunity to get out and enjoy the temperate Bay weather before the fog rolls in. Let’s ensure that we enjoy the day safely. Whether you are driving on your way to a beach, a barbeque, or a family campout, driving sober is extremely important.
Labor Day tends to be one of the most dangerous holidays for California drivers and, as such, local and State law enforcement agencies are planning to make special efforts throughout the weeks surrounding the holiday (Aug 16 through Sep 4) in order to protect the public from intoxicated motorists with their Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.
Evidence of a Problem
All across the U.S., driving with a BAC of over .08 is illegal. Despite this, drivers with BAC over .08 cause around one-third of auto accident deaths on our roadways. Every year, an average of over 10,000 people are killed in drunk driving accidents. That comes out to an average of more than one DUI related death every hour.
If the grim facts aren’t enough of a deterrent, law enforcement agencies hope that consequences will be. As Labor Day is one of the year’s deadliest times in terms of DUI, thousands of law enforcement agencies across the nation will be working to save citizen lives by tracking and arresting intoxicated drivers. Arrests won’t only come with embarrassment and shame, but also with increased insurance costs, license revocation or suspension, up to $10,000 in fines, and other consequences.
In the times we live in, there is hardly an excuse to drive while intoxicated. Smartphones put safe transportation on demand at the fingertips of intoxicated individuals. With apps for calling a taxi, sharing a ride, or contacting a local safe ride program, staying safe, avoiding arrest, and protecting others by avoiding DUI is easier than ever.
In particular, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)’s app, SaferRide, can help individuals find their local taxi company’s phone number or even send your GPS coordinates to a friend so that they can come to pick you up. The app is available for download at the iTunes store and Google Play.
It’s not all bad news. Since 1982, thanks to law enforcement efforts, tougher laws, and many passionate advocates, the incidents of DUI related fatalities have dropped by nearly half. The positive trend can continue, but it requires all of us to change our actions and attitudes regarding drunk driving. Drunk driving is a choice that individuals make – a choice that can ultimately mean life or death for you or the people you share a road with.
The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign represents communities from around the country stating boldly that drunk driving needs to stop before it costs more lives.
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I’m Ed Smith, a Vallejo car accident lawyer. Drunk drivers should be held responsible for the damage they cause. If you have been seriously injured by one, call (707) 564-1900 for my friendly advice. A phone consultation is free. Callers are also able to dial my toll-free line, (800) 404-5400.
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