News outlets reported that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in conjunction with local law enforcement agencies across the nation, is participating in a nationwide crackdown on impaired driving through the Labor Day weekend.
From now through September 5, more than 10,000 law enforcement agencies will be doubling their efforts to keep to road safe from impaired drivers.
According to Michael Witter, the Midwest Regional Administrator for the NHTSA, “The problem of impaired driving is a serious one and is still one of America’s deadliest crimes. While data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities in America fell from 2008 to 2009, the numbers are still too high. In 2009 alone, 10,839 people died in crashes in which a driver or motorcycle rider was at or above the legal limit.”
Witter continued by saying that, according to the most recent data, almost one third of the fatalities involved in motor vehicle traffic crashes had a driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol content above the legal limit of 0.08 percent.
“All too often, innocent, law-abiding people suffer tragic consequences and the loss of loved ones due to this careless disregard for human life. Because we’re committed to ending the carnage, we’re intensifying enforcement during the crackdown. We’ll be especially vigilant during high-risk nighttime and weekend hours when impaired drivers are most likely to be on our roads, ” Witter said.
As a Walterboro car accident lawyer , I know that impaired driving poses a major problem for our country. Having seen the effects of these types of accidents in my time as a car accident lawyer , I urge everyone to practice safe driving habits at all times.