The President of the United States of America Barack Obama has proclaimed December 2012 as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month.
This should remind all of us throughout the holiday season to celebrate safely and prevent drunken driving fatalities from occurring.
Alcohol and drugs pose serious risks to drivers, and can impair the skills necessary to operate a vehicle safely. In an effort to reduce drunk driving, Obama and his Administration are working on raising public awareness, improving impaired driving screening procedures and making sure law enforcement officers receive proper training in addition to supporting local prevention programs and providing youth with the facts about alcohol and drug use.
Drunk driving is a serious problem, and particularly more so throughout the holiday season. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an estimated 25 people were killed in alcohol-impaired-driving collisions per day during December 2010. Sadly, drinking and driving can turn any holiday celebration into a tragedy in the blink of an eye. Data shows that 32,885 people were killed in traffic accidents involving motor vehicles in 2010. Of those fatalities, 10,228 involved alcohol-impaired drivers.
It is illegal in all 50 states to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher. This holiday season, between the periods of December 12, 2012, to January 1, 2013, law enforcement in Brooksville and throughout Hernando County will be cracking down on impaired driving with a special “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.
Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a form of negligence. When an intoxicated driver chooses to get behind the wheel of a car they place everyone sharing the road with them in danger of serious injury or death. If you were the victim of a drunk driving accident, or if someone close to you was killed by an impaired motorist, a Brooksville Auto Accident Injury Lawyer at Whittel & Melton can help you pursue compensation for your losses.
After an auto accident involving an impaired driver, you may be able to seek punitive damages from the at-fault driver. Punitive damages can significantly increase the total compensation the victim of a drunk driving collision receives. These damages are specifically designed to punish the impaired motorist who is responsible for the accident. A Hernando County Injury Lawyer at Whittel & Melton can help you recover the maximum amount of financial compensation. We fight aggressively to make sure your rights and best interested are protected from the start of your case to its finish. For a free legal evaluation of your case, contact us today online or call 352-666-2121.