The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission continued its “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign through January 3, 2015, erecting DWI checkpoints and conducting saturation patrols to ensure that Louisiana roads stayed safe for the New Year’s holiday. The campaign sought to raise awareness of the DWI laws in Louisiana and the dangers of drunk driving, in hopes that the state can lower the rate of injuries and deaths due to alcohol.
Last New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day resulted in 137 crashes ending in injury or fatality, and resulted in 233 injuries and 8 deaths. Every single one of these was alcohol-related. Although this is a lower number of vehicle crashes than New Year’s 2013, the number of deaths is higher.
According to Col. Mike Edmondson, Superintendent of the Louisiana State Police, this holiday season saw at least 60 fatalities on Louisiana roadways. Many of them have either confirmed or suspected involvement with alcohol.
My New Year’s Eve Was Ruined by a Drunk Driver. What Are My Legal Options?
Since 1996, the Lafayette law firm of Galloway Jefcoat has worked thousands of personal injury cases, many of which involved impaired driving, and we can help you, too. If you have been injured in a holiday accident with a drunk driver, our legal representation can help get you the compensation you deserve. If you’d like more information, feel free to check us out on Facebook.
Galloway Jefcoat – Louisiana Personal Injury Lawyers
Did You Know? In 2010, over 1.4 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics, just 1 percent of self-reported instances of drunk driving, according to the CDC.