You're more likely to get into a drunk driving car accident through the month of November and December than you are during any other time of the year.
This is especially true if you live in the state of California as we record more of these accidents than any other state in the country year after year. California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers know that and they're going to be out in full force in an attempt to make our roadways safer. CHP officers will be conducting checkpoint operations, DUI Proactive Overtime Enforcement Operations as well as DUI Task Force Operations.
"Impaired driving is more than a social issue, it's a criminal issue," sayd CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow.
Our Costa Mesa accident lawyers understand that the end of the year comes with some joyous occasions, but these occasions also come with an increase in the risks for a drunk driving car accident. During November and December we've got Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, it's football season and winter break for students around the state. All of these events help to make the last 8 weeks of the year the most dangerous of them all.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were more than 10,225 people who were killed in drunk driving car accidents in 2010. These traffic fatalities accounted for more than 30 percent of all traffic fatalities during the year. The state of California logged the most of these accidents. The truth of the matter is that all of these accidents are completely preventable.
It's that time of year again -- college football! That means there's parties and cookout to celebrate our state's fine athletic programs. Football season is one of the most dangerous times for drunk driving car crashes. This year, we're asking all football fans to get a designated driver on their team.
Holiday Drunk Driving:
During holiday periods, your risks for a drunk driving car accident are higher than ever. Residents like to get out and celebrate with friends and family members. Oftentimes these celebrations involve some booze. That's not a problem, as long as you have a designated driver, use public transportation or stay at a safe place. Hoping behind the wheel after consuming alcohol should never be an option.
You may think that our teenage drivers aren't a threat. They aren't allowed to drink legally so they won't -- WRONG! Believe it or not, but about a third of all teenage drivers who die in car crashes return a positive blood alcohol concentration (BAC) test. Talk with your teen today about the risks involved with drinking and driving. Make sure you talk with the teenage driver in your family about the dangers of drinking and driving. It's a talk that could safe their life.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, contact HOWARD LAW P.C. for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. Call (800) 872-5925.
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