Law enforcement will be out in force looking for dangerous drivers through the last long weekend of summer. According to the Ledger-Enquirer, nearly 100 traffic citations were handed out to Georgia and Alabama drivers Sunday night, with more to come as Georgia and Alabama law enforcement gear up for Labor Day weekend.
Our Montgomery car accident lawyers understand that this holiday weekend marks the end of the 100 Days of Summer Heat enforcement effort, but it’s still one of the most dangerous times to be on our roadways. Officials from both states are coming together to help to reduce the number of fatalities over the holiday travel period.
During this time, there will be a roadblock in a city from each state. At these roadblocks, drivers will be checked to make sure that they’re sober, that everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained and that the driver has proper documentation. One of the first roadblocks was conducted at the 13th Street Bridge. During this time, there were more than 20 agencies and close to 160 officers who wrote close to 100 traffic citations to drivers passing over the Chattahoochee River. Included in these citations were more than 30 child restraint violations, close to 20 no proof of insurance violations, seat belt violations and four drivers who were caught on the road with suspended licenses.
Don’t think you’re at risk? Consider this:
Officials with the National Safety Council (NSC) are predicting that close to 400 people will die over the long holiday weekend, which runs from 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30, to 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 2. In addition to the fatalities, another 42,000 people will be injured in motor-vehicle accidents. But it’s not all bad news. The NSC believes that more than 140 lives may be saved this Labor Day holiday period by buckling up, and an additional 99 lives could be saved if all wore seat belts.
According to Drivers.com, the top three causes of car accidents in America are drunk driving, speeding and distracted driving. And these are unfortunately the three behaviors that we’re going to see a lot of over the Labor Day weekend.
Stay safe and remember that Alabama troopers are on the lookout. Obey traffic laws, keep an eye on your speed and avoid distractions. Allow yourself plenty of time to get to where you’ve got to go to avoid aggravation and rushing. Another great way to avoid aggressive driving is to plan the smoothest, least congested route possible. Pick the road less traveled for less irritation, less traffic and fewer risks of accidents. Just make sure you know where you’re heading before you head out. At the wheel is no time to mess with road maps or a GPS system. If you obey these simple safety measures and stay sober behind the wheel, you can greatly increase your chances of making it safely through your holiday travels.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, call Allred & Allred P.C. at 334.396.9200 to speak with a personal injury attorney today.
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