Louisiana has a huge problem with drunk driving. Forty-two percent of deadly automobile accidents in the state in 2013 involved alcohol, and 21,680 people were arrested for driving while intoxicated. While Louisiana does not hold the crown for drunk driving arrests and deaths, it is consistently rated within the top 15 states where these tragedies occur.
The problem of drunk driving becomes especially pronounced over the holiday season. Holiday social gatherings put a lot of drivers on the road, and a lot of alcohol on the table – it is no wonder that the holiday season is so dangerous when it comes to drunk driving.
Louisiana police, in cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, will be increasing their presence over the course of the Christmas and New Year holidays to keep the roads safe.
In 2013, in the mere four days that Louisiana police consider the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, there were more than 400 people injured in car crashes statewide. More than 200 of those injuries involved alcohol. The increased police presence on these holidays will ideally dissuade Louisiana drivers from getting behind the wheel and endangering other motorists.
What Should I Do If a Drunk Driver Ruins My Holiday Season?
Holidays are for spending time with your family and friends, not dealing with insurance companies and hospital bills. If you have been injured in an alcohol-related car crash, contact the Lafayette personal injury attorneys at Galloway Jefcoat. We investigate accidents in depth and help our clients receive the damages they are entitled to for their injuries. Check out our Facebook page for more information.
Galloway Jefcoat – Louisiana Personal Injury Lawyers
Did You Know? Only time will sober a person up. Drinking strong coffee, exercising or taking a cold shower will not help. (Michigan State University, 2003)