According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 850 people killed in car accidents in Alabama in 2009. About 350 of these accident fatalities were alcohol-related, which more than 300 involved a car accident with a drunk driver.
With the holiday season here, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has launched its yearly Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving. This campaign started back in November of 2006 and has been going on every year since then. With the fifth anniversary of the campaign, MADD released rankings for each state regarding their progress towards fighting drunk driving car accidents.
Our Montgomery drunk driving car accident lawyers understand that more than $130 billion is spent every year in the U.S. on costs resulting from drunk driving accidents. Overall, the country received a rating of three out of five stars in its efforts to stop the drunk driving problem. The state of Alabama also received three stars. The report says that our state uses high-visibility law enforcement tactics to help reduce the number of fatal drunk driving accidents throughout 2011. This year, Alabama was the last state to enact an ignition interlock law. Our state’s law only pertains to those who are consider repeat offenders and those who are first-time offenders of drunk driving and reported a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.15 or higher.
“While we have made great strides over the last 30 years, drunk driving is still the deadliest epidemic on America’s roads, killing approximately 11,000 people every year,” added U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
During the holiday season, the number of drunk driving accidents increases significantly on Alabama roadways and roadways across the country. This is why MADD chooses to hold this campaign effort in November. With Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s all within a short time, residents throughout the country will venture out to gatherings with family and friends. Unfortunately, many of these gathering offer alcoholic beverages and too many drivers choose to drink, to get behind the wheel and to drive home. The recent report ranks states and their ability to stop these intoxicated drivers from getting behind the wheel and to reduce the number of alcohol-related accidents.
The report ranked state’s on their countermeasures to deter drunk driving, including:
-Requiring offenders to drive with ignition interlock devices.
-The execution of sobriety checkpoints.
-Participating in “no-refusal” activities for those who are believed to be intoxicated behind the wheel.
-Enacting harsher penalties for those who operate a vehicle under the influence with child passengers.
-Enacting Administrative License Revocation for drunk driving offenders.
We ask all residents to enjoy the holiday season, but to do so safely. There’s no reason to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. Before you head out to holiday celebrations, make sure you have a sober driver to take you home or make plans to stay over somewhere.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an alcohol-related car accident in Montgomery or in any of the surrounding areas, contact the personal injury lawyers at Allred & Allred P.C. for a free consultation to discuss your rights. Call 334.396.9200 to speak with an experienced car accident attorney today.
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