Authorities aim to reduce risk of North Carolina drunk driving accidents through the Holiday weekend

Authorities are geared up for one of the year’s major pushes to combat drunk driving through the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Our Raleigh, North Carolina injury lawyers frequently report the large number of fatal North Carolina accidents caused by drunk driving. Whether enjoying the weekend with friends and family, or watching football at your favorite sports bar, we encourage you to celebrate responsibly and do your part to reduce the risk of serious and fatal North Carolina drunk driving accidents.
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The North Carolina News Network reports that authorities are urging motorists to tie a red ribbon on their car as part of the “Tie One On for Safety” campaign.

“By you tying that ribbon on, you’re basically stating to the public and to everyone in the environment here that you’re not going to tolerate anybody who is drinking and driving and getting behind the wheel,” said Sgt. Jeff Gordon of the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

Last year, 165 people were killed and more than 3,000 were injured in car accidents caused by drunk drivers in North Carolina. Nationwide, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that one-third of all fatal accidents involve a drunk driver, leading to more than 11,000 traffic deaths in 2009.

Channel 6 News reports the “Tie One On” campaign will run from Thanksgiving to New Years.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, contact the Carolina injury lawyers at Lee & Smith today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965. Serving all of North and South Carolina, including Shelby, Statesville, Thomasville, Winston-Salem.

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