National campaign aims to reduce Labor Day drunk driving accidents

During the last few weeks of summer, more people take to the road trying to get in one last vacation. Even if you drive carefully and obey all of the laws, others may not be as responsible. It can be easy to drive a little too fast in anticipation to beat holiday traffic or start the vacation early by having a drink or two with lunch. Alabama law enforcement officials recognize the increase in driving danger and are once again participating in a program to prevent drunk driving accidents.

Driving while intoxicated is the cause of approximately 33 percent of all motor vehicle accidents each year. The frequency of accidents caused by this deadly driving habit tends to spike over Labor Day weekend, especially in young adults between the ages of 18 and 34. As many as 138 people were killed over the 2011 Labor Day holiday weekend. In an effort to prevent more fatalities this year, law enforcement agencies throughout the state will participate in a campaign dubbed "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over." Saturation patrols will be in effect on highly traveled roads in Montgomery and Wetumpka police will have checkpoints set up in various locations. The Alabama Department of Public Safety says more troopers will be on patrol Statewide during the campaign, which ends just after Labor Day. 

Still, some people will get behind the wheel with blood alcohol content above the legal limit. If you are injured in a car accident involving a drunken driver, you may want to consult with an attorney regarding your legal rights. Alabama has dram shop laws that could allow you to sue the establishment that severed the alcohol, as well as the driver responsible for the accident. You could be entitled to compensation for your injuries and medical costs.

Source: Montgomery Advertiser, "Local law enforcement agencies target DUI drivers," M. Roney, August 19, 2013.

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