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Don't Let Drunk Driving Accidents Ruin Your Holiday

Steve Wagner

There are nearly 30 auto accidents each day in the U.S. that are caused by alcohol, or that involve an alcohol impaired driver.

Fatalities resulting from alcohol related accidents rang in at 10,076 in 2013, and these numbers seem to be steadily on the rise. Despite efforts to curb alcohol impaired driving and accidents, they continue to increase exponentially.

New technology, however, offers some hope to begin to decrease these drunk driving accidents and save the lives of innocent drivers and passengers, as well as those of the alcohol impaired. For anyone who has previously been convicted of driving under the influence, new ignition interlock devices are being installed on their vehicles which will prevent the ignition from starting if it reads their breath at a level above the specified safe zone (which is typically between .02% and .04%). When these interlocks are installed, they are associated with a 70% reduced arrest rate for drunk driving, which is protecting untold numbers of lives that may have otherwise been lost.

Officers are working hard across our state to increase security checkpoints, especially during the holidays when traffic is increased and people are frequently traveling to and from parties. Regular stops on busy roadways can help to slow the speed of traffic overall, as well as stop any who are in violation of the legal limit of alcohol.

Some tips from Wagner Reese for staying safe this New Year’s Eve and beyond:

  • Avoid drinking if you know you will be driving. Even if you’ve only had 1 drink, play it safe, don’t get behind the wheel of a car.
  • Plan in advance. Designate a driver, book a hotel room, or get the number for a local cab company if you plan to drink.
  • If you are travelling, keep an eye out. Drivers who have been drinking will have tell tale signs such as swerving or delayed reactions.
  • If you suspect a driver has been drinking, DO NOT tail them. Call the authorities, give them as much information as you can, and then back off. It is not worth risking your life or the lives of your family to follow someone you suspect is impaired.

If you or your loved ones have been injured as the result of an alcohol impaired driver this holiday season, the drunk driving accident attorneys at Wagner Reese can assist you in receiving the compensation you deserve as a result of your injuries. Contact us today at (888) 204-8440 for more information or to schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers.

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