Alabama Law Enforcement Ready to Combat Drunk Driving This Holiday Weekend
July 3rd, 2012|
July 3, 2012
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced that Independence Day is the number one holiday for drinking and driving in America. Despite a decrease in accidents attributed to drinking and driving in Alabama, it is still one of the deadliest times to be on the road in the state.
In 2010, a total of 13 motorists were killed as a result of Alabama Car Accidents that were caused by drinking and driving over the Fourth of July weekend. Last year saw a slight decrease to a total of 9 fatalities.
In an effort to reduce these numbers even further, ABC 33/40 News reports that law enforcement will be increasing the presence of officers around the state. The Alabama Public Safety Director, Hugh McCall, stated that officers will be putting in overtime hours, and conducting DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols in high-risk areas thanks to a grant from the federal government. Additionally, the grants will allow police departments to have officers enforcing speed limits and measures against distracted driving during the holiday.
The Birmingham Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers would like to remind motorists to have a safe Fourth of July by buckling up, slowing down, and eliminating all distractions before driving anywhere in a car. Most importantly though, do not drink and drive. Always use a designated driver, call a cab, or utilize public transportation in order to get home safely.