Local and state law enforcement agencies across North Carolina will be joining the Governor’s Highway Safety Program for this year’s “Booze It & Lose It” drunk driving campaign.
According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), the holiday drunk driving campaign will take place from the 7th of December through the 2nd of January. During this time of year, we see some of the highest rates of drunk driving car accidents. Residents are off of work, students are out of school and visitors are in town. Unfortunately, many holiday celebrations include alcohol and not enough responsible drivers. Be safe out there, stay sober and not only stay out of jail, but stay safe and arrive alive.
Our Greensboro car accident attorneys understand that more than 40 percent of all traffic accidents are alcohol related. As a matter of fact, about one out of every 10 Americans will probably be involved in an alcohol-related accident sometime in their life time. Close to 40 people die and another 700 are injured every day in the country because of these kinds of accidents. And the month of December is one of the worst months out of the entire year for these. Be on your best behavior behind the wheel and stay sober to help to keep everyone safe over the holiday season.
These accidents are costly, too! Officials estimate that the cost of alcohol-related crashes in the United States is more than $50 billion.
To help to kick off the awareness campaign, the Director for the Governor’s Highway Safety Program, Becky Wallace, will be joining Guilford County Sheriff B. J. Barnes to speak at the North Carolina Holiday “Booze It & Lose It” campaign kick-off event. It will be on the 7th of December at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro. One of the main topics at this event is the new Drunk Driving Task Force in Guilford County. This new force consists of 5 local law enforcement agencies are they’re working to bust drunk drivers throughout the area.
During this time, there will be a lot more checkpoints out there are law enforcement agencies will be stepping up their patrols.
In 2008, there were close to 400 fatalities in the state of North Carolina resulting from accidents in which at least one driver was officially drunk (with a blood alcohol concentration — BAC — of .08 or higher) behind the wheel. There were 100 people killed in accidents in the state in which a driver was under the influence of alcohol. You’d think that with the close to 30,000 drunk driving arrests that were made the year before that drivers would learn. Nope! Be safe out there. Keep your eyes peeled for drunk drivers and practice safe driving habits yourself.
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 in the Carolinas. Call 1-800-887-1965 to 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