November and December are two of the most dangerous months of the year for drunk driving car accidents. During this time, we've got football season, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's and even the risks associated with teen drivers and Winter Break.
In the state of North Carolina, you have to submit to a breath or a blood test if a law enforcement officer charges with you with a DWI. If you refuse either of these tests, your driver's license will be revoked for at least a month and an additional 12 months by the DMV. If you return or .08 reading, or a .04 reading while driving a commercial vehicle, it will be admissible as evidence in court.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) pushes the "Booze It & Lose It" campaign to help to reduce the risks of drunk driving car accidents. This campaign focuses on educating drivers about the risks of drinking and driving and also pushes extensive anti-driving while impaired (DWI) enforcement. This is mainly the reason why you see so many sobriety checkpoints out there. Officers use their mobile breath-alcohol testing units, or BATMobiles, to hunt down these drivers.
Our Charlotte drunk driving accident lawyers understand that there were close to 500 people killed in alcohol-related car accidents in our state in 2010. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), these kinds of car accidents accounted for more than 30 percent of the traffic fatalities recorded throughout that year.
As we plow through football season, residents throughout the state will be representing their favorite teams. There are lots of cookouts, tailgate parties and get togethers during these big games. There are also a lot of people drinking and a lot getting behind the wheel afterward. Football fans are urged to snag a designated driver as the star player of their team. There's never an excuse to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol.
Holiday Drunk Driving:
Holidays are the worst days out of the entire year for alcohol-related car accidents. Holiday celebrations often kick off with a toast and continue on with friends, family members and drinks till the sun falls. Unfortunately, many residents get behind the wheel to head home. More people die in drunk driving accidents during holidays than during any other time of the year.
Teens and Winter Break:
With more time on their hands, our teens are going to be out and hanging with friends. Unfortunately, many of these hangouts include alcohol. Just because your teen can't legally purchase alcohol, doesn't mean that they can't get their hands on it and that they won't drink it. Talk with your teen about the dangers associated with drinking and driving. It's a talk that could save their lives.
The drunk driving accident attorneys at the Lee Law Offices, P.A. are here to offer assistance to those who have been injured or killed in a car accident. Call 1-800-887-1965 for a free consultation to discuss your rights today.
More Blog Entries:
MADD and Asheville Attorneys Working to Protect Victims' Rights, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, July 25, 2012
NC Law Enforcement Officials Bust Thousands during Operation Firecracker, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, July 11, 2012