The government’s message for this Labor Day weekend is simple — drive sober or risk getting pulled over. The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign is recognized nationally in an effort to reduce drunk driving accidents in North Carolina and throughout the country.
From August 19 to September 5, law enforcement agencies and police departments throughout the United States are adamantly looking for violators and will be issuing tickets to drivers under the influence.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports almost 11,000 deaths are caused by drunk drivers annually. To put that into perspective, deaths from drunk driving each year are equivalent to 21 jumbo jets crashing and claiming the lives of their passengers. There are roughly 29 fatalities and 1,440 injuries related to a drunk driving accident each and every day in the United States.
The hours between midnight and 3 a.m. are extremely dangerous and, on average, take the life of a victim from a drunk driving accident every 23 minutes. The average cost of drunk driving for each adult nationwide is $500 a year. The odds of being involved in a drunk driving accident during your lifetime is 1 in 3 or roughly a 33 percent chance.
The NHTSA is encouraging the public to get involved. The more the message about the dangers of driving under the influence is received the safer roadways will become over holiday weekends and every day of the year. You can get involved by:
- Printing Drive Sober posters and posting them in businesses, schools, stores or anywhere the public will see them.
- Download a sobering or graphic image to your desktop or wallpaper of your computer for everyone in your office to see.
- Place a driver sober message on a social media device such as Facebook so that everyone who visits your page knows how you feel about drinking and driving.
- Forward YouTube videos and TV spots to your friends and family via email so that they can see the dangers of driving under the influence.
- Initiate conversations or send friendly reminders to friends and family that the police are out in full force and ready to nab anyone driving while intoxicated.
- Make a personal commitment to not drink and drive by signing up to Take the Pledge online and encouraging others to follow in your footsteps.
Some high school seniors in North Carolina have been rewarded with a $2,500 scholarship to be applied toward college for their efforts to create awareness about drunk driving and how dangerous it can be.
Through initiative and leadership, these teens have spread the message to their peers and have set a good example to all motorists that driving while drunk is dangerous and should not be tolerated.
Victims of drunk driving accidents in North and South Carolina should contact the experienced car accident attorneys at the Lee Law Offices, P.A. for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your claim. Call 1-800-887-1965 to get started today.
More Blog Entries:
Drunk Driving Accidents in Charlotte Often Caused by Habitual Offenders, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, July 30, 2011.
Phone Apps Warning of DUI Checkpoints Increase Risks of North Carolina Car Accidents, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, June 14, 2011.
Holiday Weekends Bring a Heightened Risk of Car Accidents in Gastonia, Elsewhere in State, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, May 17, 2011.