Holiday drunk driving crackdown starts in Nashville

In our last post we discussed the problem of drunk driving car accidents and the fact that there are over 300,000 daily instances of drunk driving across the country. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced last week that his agency will pursue a new "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign to encourage safe driving during the Christmas and New Year's Day holiday season. The campaign consists of PSAs and local law enforcement agencies increasing the amount of DUI saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints.

Hopefully these measures will help reduce the amount of drunk driving car accidents that occur during the holiday season. Most of these crashes are senseless and cause a great deal of pain to local families. An experienced drunk driving personal injury attorney can help families affected by drunk drivers hold these irresponsible individuals accountable for the damage that they have caused.

"All too often, innocent, law-abiding people suffer tragic consequences and the loss of loved ones due to this careless disregard for human life," said an NHTSA official. A personal injury attorney can help families hold drunk drivers responsible for the death of loved ones by filing a wrongful death lawsuit. Funds from a wrongful death lawsuit can be used to pay for funeral expenses and for emotional pain and suffering of the surviving family members.

"Because we're committed to ending the carnage, we're intensifying enforcement during the crackdown," the NHTSA official said. "Since twice as many alcohol-impaired accidents occur over the weekend and four times as many occur at night, we will be especially vigilant during these high-risk times when impaired drivers are most likely to be on our roads."

Source: ABC News, "Ray LaHood Warns Americans to 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over'" Sarah Burke, Dec. 13, 2011

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