Between backyard parties, festivals, and barbecues, we may find ourselves drinking more than usual during the summer. This is especially true on the season’s holidays, first Memorial Day then the Fourth of July and finally the quickly approaching unofficial end of summer, Labor Day. Unfortunately, at these times the line between celebration and tragedy is dangerously thin-and can be crossed the instant a drunk driver turns the key in the ignition.
Year after year, summer ends in death on our roads and highways, with alcohol-involved crashes claiming more than 750 lives over the last five Labor Day weekends. In California, the most current Office of Traffic Safety accident statistics indicate that driving while under the influence killed 34 people and injured another 1,894 on Labor Day weekend in 2011.
The victims of drunk driving accidents are often innocent motorists, passengers, pedestrians, and bicyclists: 35 percent of the more than 10,000 people who die in DUI crashes every year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
To combat drunk driving when it’s at its peak, over 10,000 police departments and law enforcement agencies across the country will be out in full force cracking down on impaired drivers now through the end of Labor Day weekend.
As the final weeks of summer pass, the NHTSA, local and national authorities, and the attorneys and staff in our office-where we see the tragic consequences of drinking and driving far too often-would like to remind you of your responsibilities to others on the road and to yourself.
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