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ALEA Working to Prevent Wreckless Driving During the Holidays

by Norris Injury Lawyers | December 22nd, 2015

As millions of Americans prepare to travel for the holidays, law enforcement agencies nationwide are stepping up their efforts to keep our roadways safe, and Alabama is no exception. Here’s what you need to know about what’s being done to take dangerous drivers off the road, as well as what you can do to help prevent collisions this holiday season.

The Alabama auto accident attorneys at Norris Injury Lawyers explain that from Friday, December 18, until Friday, January 1, Alabama State Troopers with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) will be out in full force patrolling for motorists who are breaking the law. Troopers will be targeting intoxicated motorists in particular this year after 19 people died last year in Alabama around the holidays as a result of drunk driving.

Troopers won’t just be targeting those who are under the influence of alcohol. According to an article from WBRC FOX 6 News, ALEA will have a number of drug recognition experts on hand to determine if a motorist is under the influence of illegal or illicit drugs while operating a motor vehicle. So far this year, the state’s 21 troopers who have been trained in drug recognition have been responsible for as many as 80 arrests of motorists who were driving while intoxicated.

At Norris Injury Lawyers, we applaud the efforts being made to keep our roads clear of intoxicated motorists this holiday season and our Birmingham personal injury lawyers are hopeful ALEA’s efforts are a success!


Drunk Driving Continues to Be a Major Problem on American Roads

by Norris Injury Lawyers | August 11th, 2015

Most motorists are aware of the risks of driving under the influence, but the Alabama car accident attorneys at Norris Injury Lawyers point out that drunk driving is still a big problem in our country.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently conducted a survey that found an estimated 2 percent of motorists in the United States—or roughly 4.2 million citizens—admitted to having driven while under the influence of drugs or alcohol in the past month.

According to WSFA 12 News, the data provided insight into how we may be able to battle the problem by addressing binge drinking. Researchers found those who binge drink, which is defined as consuming more than 4-5 drinks during a single session, are responsible for two-thirds of all drunk driving accidents in the United States. Men were also more likely to drive under the influence, considering males accounted for 80 percent of drunk drivers on the road.

These numbers may leave you asking yourself what you can do to prevent a drunk driving accident. The answer is simple—don’t drink and drive! The Birmingham personal injury lawyers at Norris Injury Lawyers explain that one way to achieve this goal is to establish a designated driver before going out or using a cab service to get home safely after drinking. Parents should also have an open dialogue with teen motorists about the risks that drunk driving can pose.

We hope these tips help to keep you and your loved ones safe!

Alabama auto accident deaths at four-year low

by Norris Injury Lawyers | December 28th, 2007

December 28, 2007

Fatal Alabama auto accidents were at a four-year low with only four days left in the year, according to The Birmingham News. Gov. Bob Riley implored Alabama residents to ride home safely New Year’s Eve with a sober driver to avoid deadly auto accidents.

From the first of the year through Dec. 26, there were 758 Alabama car accident deaths, down 61 from 2006, according to the Alabama Department of Public Safety. Over the New Year’s weekend, checkpoints and extra patrols will be set up in an attempt to keep the number of auto accidents down and ensure the safety of Alabama drivers.

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