The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) intends to run their Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign through Labor Day weekend.
Although the campaign often runs several times a year, it is currently focused on the hundreds of accidents that occur on Labor Day weekend. According to the NHTSA, more than 750 alcohol-related accident fatalities have been reported during Labor Day weekend over the past five years.
In 2012, more than 12,000 alcohol-related auto accidents were reported in the state of Ohio. About 24 percent of all fatal crashes in the state involved a driver that was under the influence. In Kentucky, more than 150 people were killed due to drunk drivers in 2012.
Drunk driving is a deadly and preventable crime that destroys lives and costs the nation billions of dollars every year,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a public press release.
More than 10,000 police departments and law enforcement agencies across the country will be supporting the campaign through Labor Day weekend.
When a drunk driving accident occurs, it can affect the victim and their families as it often leads to physical, emotional and financial damage. In 2010, the NHTSA noted that alcohol-related accidents cost society $195 billion when taking into account loss of quality of life as well as direct economic impacts such as lost wages.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a drunk driving accident, the personal injury lawyers at O’Connor, Acciani & Levy can help you determine if you are eligible to file a claim for damages.