Your risks for a drunk driving car accident in Charlotte and elsewhere are pretty high from now through the Labor Day holiday weekend. During this time of year, we see a steep increase in the number of these kinds of accidents. The Labor Day holiday weekend is actually one of the most dangerous holiday periods of the entire year.
To help to keep you safe, Secretary Conti announced that local and state law enforcement officials will be out searching our roads for drivers who are under the influence of drugs and alcohol. This enforcement effort is all a part of the “Booze It & Lose It” Labor Day campaign. Officers will be conducting a number of checkpoints and will be stepping up their patrol efforts from now through the 3rd of September, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT).
Our Charlotte car accident lawyers understand that there were nearly 150 people who were killed in drunk driving car accidents over the 2010 Labor Day holiday weekend. These kinds of accidents accounted for more than 35 percent of all highway fatalities. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is also working to keep drunk drivers off of our streets over the next few weeks. They’re both pushing the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. This is a nationwide campaign that’s being used to get drunk drivers off the road, raise public awareness about the dangers of drunk driving, and most importantly, to save more lives on our roadways.
“Together with law enforcement, we can put an end to the 100 percent preventable deaths and injuries caused by drunk driving,” said MADD National President Jan Withers.
We’re asking everyone to be safe over the holiday weekend. Avoid drinking and driving at all costs. It’s a mistake that could wind up taking your life or the life of an innocent person. Make sure you have a sober way to get home. Your best bet is to partner up with a friend or a family member and designate one of you to be the DD. This means that the DD pledges to drink absolutely no alcohol. If you and your buddies want to all drink, that’s okay too! If you’re out without a sober driver, call a cab, take the bus, call someone to come pick you up or find a safe place to stay. There are too many options available to you for you to decide to get behind the wheel after drinking.
If you see a friend or a family member who has been drinking and is planning on driving, take their car keys from them and help them to arrange a safe and sober way to get home. If you think you spot a drunk driver on our streets, call local authorities to address the situation. Your phone call can help to get an irresponsible driver off our roads and possibly safe a life. Happy Labor Day and be safe out there.
If you have been injured in a drunk driving car accident, contact Lee Law Offices, P.A. at 1-800-887-1965 for a free and confidential 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