Campaign to Fight Drunk Driving and Prevent Drunk Driving Accidents
A new campaign for “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” is set to launch on August 13th and run through September 1st. Drunk driving fatalities have been on a steady decline for nearly two decades thanks to increased enforcement and education efforts. The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign aims to reduce drunk driving accidents even further by reminding the public of the legal and personal consequences of operating an automobile while under the influence. A separate campaign aimed at motorcyclists, “Ride Sober or Get Pulled Over” will focus on reducing riders that choose to drink and operate their motorcycles.
Alcohol-impairment is defined in many states as a driver having a Blood Alcohol Concentration of 0.08 g/dL or higher. It wasn’t until 2002 that all states made it illegal to operate a vehicle with a 0.08 or greater BAC. This push was in relation to the great number of automobile related fatalities that alcohol contributes to.
The total number of automobile fatalities in 2011 was 32,368. Of this number, approximately 9,878 were related to alcohol-impaired driving. That is nearly 38% of the total accidents. Though this is an appreciable number, it is down compared to the numbers in 1991. About 20,159 alcohol-impaired related fatalities were recorded out of a total 41,508 automobile fatalities; or about 49%.
A drunk driving accident is an easily preventable tragedy. All it requires is for the impaired person to not get behind the wheel. That’s it. The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” public campaign will hopefully remind the people that choose to drink to find an alternate means of getting home. There are plenty of choices. A drunk driving accident can be prevented by having designated drivers, a cab, or other alternative. Campaigns like this serve as a reminder that there are serious consequences to drunk driving, and encourages drivers to make better choices before getting behind the wheel.
Injured By a Drunk Driver?
Many people have been affected by a drunk driving accident in their lives. If you or a loved one was injured, or if a loved one was killed by a drunk driver, you may have grounds to seek damages for lost wages, pain, suffering, and other damages related to the accident. Contact Attorney Group to discuss your options in a free consultation.