January 31, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/
-- As many Americans watch the holiday splendor fade away in their rearview mirrors, many California residents will be ringing in the New Year while behind bars. California officers cracked down on drunk drivers over the holidays by taking part in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign. Law enforcement officials report that incidents of drunk driving increase by as much as eighty percent over the holidays, which has the potential to lead to more DUI fatalities and car accidents
. In order to save lives this holiday season, California officials have initiated several tactics to get drunk drivers off of the road.
California takes action
In 2011, 2,791 California residents lost their lives from car accidents involving drunk drivers. The majority of these accidents were caused by drivers with a blood alcohol content of under 0.01, according to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration. California officials are determined to lower the rate of drunk driving fatalities this coming year by participating in a number of media campaigns, as well as implementing the use of new technology in their DUI investigations.
Law enforcement officers used a combination of techniques during the holidays, including sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols, which were strategically placed across the state. Officials in Los Angeles County were piloting a new swab testing program at DUI checkpoints this New Year's holiday. Los Angeles police officers were hoping it would decrease the staggering number of DUI arrests that started out the holiday season. There has also been an escalating number of drivers who are operating vehicles while under the influence of drugs, most commonly marijuana.
Drunk drivers beware
States across the country are joining the bandwagon by developing DUI campaigns of their own. With new technology and legislation in place, 2014 is promising to report fewer DUI fatalities than previous years. Victims of drunk driving accidents can face staggering medical bills and go through lengthy recovery periods in addition to lost time and work and wages.
Call a professional
If you are an unfortunate victim of a drunk driving accident, don't hesitate to call an experienced attorney who can help your case. A professional personal injury lawyer knows the specifics of handling a complicated DUI case and can maximize the compensation you receive for your injuries, property damage and pain and suffering.
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