Today marks the first day of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign that will run through Labor Day.
“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 press release.
For several years, the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign has been run at various times during the year. However, this year the focus is primarily on the Labor Day holiday. In the past five years, more than 750 people have lost their lives due to alcohol-related accidents during Labor Day weekend.
The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) in Georgia has announced the launch of “Operation Zero-Tolerance” during this time as well. Residents can download the “Drive Sober, Georgia” app to find a safe ride home as well.
According to the GOHS, last year there were nearly 3,500 accidents reported between Aug. 3 and Sept. 2; a small percentage of these were fatal. The NHTSA notes that in 2010, drunk driving accidents cost the nation $47 billion in direct economic impacts. When taking into account overall harm to society due to loss of life and quality of life, the total cost of drunk driving accidents is $195 billion.
When a person is injured in a drunk driving accident, they often face costly medical bills, lost wages and emotional distress. Families whose loved one is killed in this type of accident are often emotionally and financially impacted by their loss.
The car accident lawyers at The Eichholz Law Firm understand how devastating these types of accidents are. Our attorneys believe that anyone who has been injured or killed due to reckless actions of another deserves justice.
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