Law enforcement officials throughout the state are searching our roadways for intoxicated drivers through the weekend to help reduce the risks of drunk driving car accidents in North Carolina. The increased efforts come along with St. Patrick’s Day and the tradition of too many people drinking more beer than they probably should. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about half of all drivers who are involved in deadly accidents during this time are legally drunk, meaning they have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.
Our North Carolina personal injury attorneys urge drivers to designate a sober driver for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Sober drivers are our best defense against reducing the risks of alcohol-related accidents during the fun-filled holiday. The only thing that is better than designating a sober driver is to just stay home altogether. As we know, a lot of you want to get out there and hit the town for today’s festivities. We’re just asking all of you to please do so safely and responsibly.
We’d also like to remind you that “buzzed driving” is drunk driving. If you get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle with even one too many drinks, you’re on the road to disaster. That’s why it’s so important to go out with a plan. In addition to designating a sober driver, celebrators may also want to think about finding alternative ways to get home.
Luckily, there are sober and safe ride programs going on throughout the country for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day. You can check out the Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving – Sober Ride Facebook page to see all of the programs that are available to those in North and South Carolina. With these resources available, there’s absolutely no reason why anyone should be drinking and driving. Drivers are urged to check out the phone numbers on the Buzzed Driving page before heading out, and store some of them in your phone to help avoid getting stranded.
“While alcohol marketers promote festive drinks and merrymaking like the Irish, the safety message shouldn’t be lost. Have fun, don’t drink if under 21 years old, but most importantly, be safe and never get behind the wheel impaired,” said Laura Dean-Mooney, with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).
Not only can drinking and driving be extremely dangerous, but it can’t be costly if you’re busted. In the U.S., drunk-driving convictions can cost up to $10,000. To help you to keep your cash in your pocket and your blood in its original container, always designate a sober driver. If you’re left without a designated driver, you’ll want to make a phone call to someone who is sober who can help you with a safe ride home. You can also consider taking public transportation, a taxi, getting a hotel room or staying over at a buddy’s house.
If you or a friend of yours has been hurt in a drunk-driving car accident, contact the Carolina car accident attorneys at Lee Law Offices, P.A. We offer free initial consultations to victims and their families. Call 1-800-887-1965 to speak to an attorney about your rights today!
More Blog Entries:
“Laura’s Law” to Help Convict Drunk Drivers in North Carolina, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, January 31, 2012
Officers Victims of Drunk Driving Car Accidents in South Carolina, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Blog, January 25, 2012