As Labor Day weekend nears, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) along with local law enforcement is gearing up to saturate the streets and crack down on drunk drivers.
On Aug. 21, the NHTSA launched its annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, which is supported by a $13.5 million advertising effort. The DUI enforcement runs through Labor Day weekend, the holiday weekend considered the second most dangerous for motorists.
Approximately 10,000 law enforcement agencies across the country will be out in full force to catch drivers with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher.
The risk of encountering a drunk driver greatly increases between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. During Labor Day 2013, half of the car accident fatalities reported at night involved drunk drivers.
Although the number of drunk drivers on the road have decreased over the years, drunk driving accidents are still a serious problem. The number of confirmed alcohol-related crashes in Florida increased between 2012 and 2013, as did the number of alcohol-related fatal collisions.
According to the NHTSA, a seatbelt is one of the best ways drivers can protect themselves from those who are intoxicated while behind the wheel. Furthermore, designating a sober driver, calling a cab or using a ride-sharing service are ways residents can prevent drunk driving accidents.
With the cost of airline flights being lower than usual for a holiday weekend and the lowest gas prices in more than a decade, it is likely that millions of drivers will hit the road for the holiday weekend.
With decades of experience helping auto accident victims in South Florida, the team at Gordon & Doner has seen the devastating effects of motor vehicle accidents. If you or someone you love is injured in a wreck over the Labor Day holiday, contact the law firm you can trust to fight for your rights.