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Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over on Labor Day

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently issued a press release about their Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over safety campaign. More than 10,000 law enforcement agencies across the nation are taking part in a crackdown on drunk driving leading up to the Labor Day holiday weekend. Labor Day weekend, like many holiday weekends, is one of the deadliest times of the year to be on U.S. roadways. The campaign will be running from August 21 to September 7, 2015, and the NHTSA has a $13.5 million national advertising budget to get the word out.

Labor Day Drunk Driving Statistics

  • On Labor Day weekend in 2013, there were 424 crash fatalities nationwide.
  • Nearly half of those fatal crashes involved drivers who had been drinking.
  • More than a quarter of those crashes involved drivers with BAC at almost twice the legal limit (.15+ BAC).
  • Among the drivers between the ages of 18 and 34, who were killed in crashes over Labor Day weekend in 2013, 45 percent had a BAC of .08 or higher.
  • In fatal crashes during the month of August, over the five-year period of 2009-2013, nearly 1 out of 10 of the drunk drivers involved had one or more previous convictions for drunk driving.
  • In 2013, half of all fatalities during the nighttime (6:00 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.) involved drunk drivers, as compared with 14 percent during the day.

Drunk Driving Crashes in Texoma

Earlier this week, we reported on a drunk driving crash that happened on U.S. 281. At least one person had to be airlifted to United Regional for treatment of serious injuries, and a driver involved was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated (DWI). Law enforcement officers in Wichita Falls and other Texoma communities will likely be stepping up their own enforcement efforts for the upcoming holiday weekend. The NHTSA is also reminding people that buzzed driving is drunk driving. Even one drink can be one drink too many, so if you plan to celebrate with alcohol, make a plan to get home safely.

If a drunk driver has injured you or somebody you love in Wichita Falls, Texas, Lawton, Oklahoma or any of the surrounding Texoma communities, contact the experienced team at the Altman Legal Group at 940-761-4000 for a free case consultation today.

 

 

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Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over: Holiday Edition

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently publicizing their 2014 Holiday Season Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. It’s no secret that the holiday season is usually a pretty dangerous time to be on the roads in Texas and across the U.S. In addition to everyday commuters, seasonal travelers are taking to the highways and interstate roadways. On top of everything, more people are celebrating with alcohol this season, from Thanksgiving and Christmas to New Year’s Eve.

Holiday Crash Facts

  • In 2012, during the holiday period (December 12-31) 1,698 people were killed in crashes across the U.S.
  • Nearly a third of those fatalities were due to drunk-driving crashes.
  • On Christmas Day alone, 26 people were killed by drunk drivers in 2012.
  • From 2008-2012, a total of 3,994 people were killed in crashes with impaired drivers in the months of December.
  • In December of 2012, 830 people were killed in drunk driving crashes across the country.

Holiday Driving Safety

First, the NHTSA wants motorist to know that buzzed driving is drunk driving. Even one drink can be one drink too many, so if you plan on celebrating with alcohol, find a safe ride home. Never get behind the wheel, it’s not worth even one lost life during the holidays or anytime of year. Drivers and passengers are also strongly encouraged to buckle up for every trip, no matter how short. Whether you’re traveling cross-country or across town, buckle up. It’s the single most effective way to protect yourself in a crash.

Police Officers Out in Full Force

State and local law enforcement agencies will be out in full force this holiday season in efforts to keep the roadways safe for travelers and commuters too. Law enforcement agencies are hoping that increasing patrols and national high-visibility campaign materials will help to reduce the potential number of injury-causing and fatal drunk driving crashes this holiday season.

After an Accident

If you’ve been injured in a drunk driving accident this holiday season, contact a skilled personal injury attorney as soon as possible to get the ball rolling on your case. You should be enjoying the holidays with your family, not worrying about how the medical bills are going to get paid. Let your attorney handle the details. The team at the Altman Legal Group wishes everybody a safe and happy holiday season.

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You do not pay us unless we win your case on personal injury cases.
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Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over for Labor Day Weekend

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently issued a press release regarding the upcoming nationwide crackdown on drunk drivers. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s “Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign isn’t just about the personal impact and dangers of drunk driving. This year, they’re also focusing on the societal economic impact of drunk drivers. With the holiday weekend just around the corner, the NHTSA wants party-goers to know that law enforcement officials across the country are going to be out in full force.

The Facts on Drunk Driving

  • 10,000 people are killed in drunk driving crashes each year.
  • On average, one person was killed every 51 minutes in a drunk driving crash in 2012.
  • In 2012, 38 percent of all traffic fatalities over the Labor Day weekend involved drunk drivers.
  • In 2012, 147 people were killed in crashes involving drunk drivers or motorcycle riders over the Labor Day weekend.

Societal Economic Costs of Drunk Driving

According to the NHTSA, drunk driving crashes cost $47 billion in direct economic impacts in 2010. On average, that’s $152 per person. When other damages like harm to society, loss of life and quality of life are factored in, the annual economic impacts were estimated at $195 billion.

Labor Day Weekend

As usual, holiday weekends typically mean an increase in fatal and injury-causing drunk driving crashes. A lot of people will have three-day weekends. Backyard barbeques and celebrations are expected. Whether you’re going out for a night on the town or to a neighborhood party, make sure you have a safe ride home. If you plan on drinking at all, line up a ride.

Pre-planning is the best way to ensure a safe ride home. Find a designated driver or pre-program a taxi service’s number into your phone for the end of the night. If you’re hosting a party, make sure you know how everybody’s getting home. When in doubt, take their keys, and call a cab.

After a Crash Involving a Drunk Driver

After a crash involving a drunk driver, it’s critical to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Drunk driving crashes are 100 percent preventable. Getting behind the wheel after drinking puts everybody on the roadway at risk. The NHTSA wants party goers to know that buzzed driving is drunk driving too. Even one drink can be one too many.

Representing Victims And Families
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Our attorneys are happy to accommodate difficult schedules. We can meet you in the early morning or late afternoon hours.

We can even schedule appointments on the weekends. We are also available to meet you at home or in the hospital if you do not have transportation, or if your injury doesn’t allow you to travel.

What We Offer Clients And Their Loved Ones:

Initial consultations on personal injury cases are always free.
You do not pay us unless we win your case on personal injury cases.
We`re available to answer your legal questions.
We can be an advocate for your loved ones.
Help provide families with resources and advice.
Resolve automobile property damage claims.
Help you find a doctor, even if you don`t have insurance.
We can deal with the insurance companies.

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