The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will begin their annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign against drunk drivers on Friday, Aug. 15. This campaign will run through Labor Day and is aimed at stopping DUI accidents.
With the help of law enforcement around the country, we are going to continue doing all that we can to stop drunk driving and the needless tragedies that result from this reckless behavior," U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a public press release.
The campaign this year is particularly focused on the Labor Day holiday. In the past five years, more than 750 people have been killed in drunk driving accidents over Labor Day weekend. In Florida, more than 9,800 crashes were directly caused by alcohol in 2012.
The NHTSA goes on to report that on average, one person is killed every 51 minutes due to an alcohol-impaired driver. Drunk drivers cost the nation $47 billion in direct economic impacts in 2010 and the price tag rises to $195 billion when overall harm to society is included.
Survivors of drunk driving accidents are often left with very serious injuries that require expensive medical care, including treatment for emotional distress. Families who have lost a loved one due to a drunk driver are also impacted by these tragedies.
The car accident lawyers at Gordon & Doner would like to remind drivers to never drink and drive and to never get into a vehicle being driven by someone who has been drinking. Although a lawsuit cant return you to an uninjured state or bring back your loved one a successful claim can help you get the justice you and your family deserve.