National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month

The month of December is upon us and during this month the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will be sponsoring another monthly safety campaign. This month’s campaign is 3D Month or National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month. While most drivers are aware of the fact that driving while under the influence is against the law, the sad truth is, many people still get behind the wheel while intoxicated. Each year thousands of lives are lost in automobile accidents due to drunk or drugged drivers.

Drunk and Drugged Driving Accidents

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration FARS Data, 9,967 people were killed in drunk driving crashes in 2014, and an average of 1 alcohol impaired driving fatality occurred every 53 minutes in 2014. The Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Justice Information Services Division reports show that there was an estimated 1,117,852 arrests due to driving under the influence in the United States in 2014.

Just recently in Biola, California, during the 2016 Thanksgiving holiday week, a 15 year old boy lost his life when he was riding as a passenger in his parent’s car and they were struck by an alleged drunk driver.

On November 26, 2016, a 25 year old man in Racine County, Wisconsin was arrested after his truck rear ended a sedan killing a father and his 9 year old daughter, and injuring the father’s 6 year old daughter, who was also in the vehicle. The suspect in custody is being held on two counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and one count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing injury.

A 27 year old man was arrested and is facing two counts of manslaughter for driving under the influence in Boston, Massachusetts after he crashed into a hotel shuttle van and killed two passengers. Reports state that the man was speeding and was driving while under the influence of prescription medication and marijuana.

Drunk and Drugged Driving Laws

Driving under the influence of alcohol or under the influence of drugs is illegal. All states have laws in place for both drunk driving and drug impaired driving. For more information on the laws in your state for drunk or drug impaired driving visit the Governors Highway Safety Association website links:

Protect your Rights

Don’t ruin the holidays for you and others around you. Learn the laws in your state and never drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Be responsible and always have a designated driver or call a cab. In the unfortunate event that you or a loved one is involved in an auto accident involving a drunk or drugged driver, contact the attorneys at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice, and Purtz. We have been helping clients with personal injury cases for over 50 years. Call us today for a free consultation.