Portland, OR (PRWEB) February 02, 2012
Drunk driving accident attorneys in Portland, OR join these organizations in encouraging drinkers to not drive this Super Bowl weekend, a weekend that historically involves many arrests and drunk driving injuries.
As the Super Bowl approaches, the Portland personal injury attorneys at Shulman DuBois LLC want to remind Oregon drivers that drinking and driving is a crime that can cost more than the price of a ticket.
“People go to parties, enjoy the game with a few beers, and don’t think about the injuries they could cause on the way home,” said Portland drunk driving injury attorney Sean DuBois, a partner at Shulman DuBois LLC. “I see this all the time – drivers are careless about the safety of others and do not recognize that drunk driving causes thousands of deaths every year.”
This year, the NFL, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management (TEAM) have sent a message to all sports enthusiasts: “Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.” This motto is meant to help ensure that designated drivers are used to prevent drunk driving accident injuries.
According to the Oregon Department of Transportation, in the last five years there have been 232 DUII arrests and 11 drunk driving fatalities on SuperBowl weekend, making this one of the worst weekends for drunk driving offenses each year in Oregon.
“I’ve had both pedestrian and bicyclist clients who have been hit by drunk drivers. Super Bowl weekend is a dangerous time, and I just hope this warning about the consequences will make people think before getting into their cars,” DuBois said.
DuBois, who focuses on helping Oregon drunk driving accident victims get compensation through his personal injury practice, has little patience for drunk drivers: “Driving drunk is a crime, and drunk drivers should be held responsible for medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages in a civil case.”
There are many alternatives to prevent drunk driving after the Super Bowl:
- Designate drivers who will not drink during the party
- Take a taxi cab home
- Stay at the house of the friend hosting the party until sober
- Keep your drunk friends out of their cars until sober
If you see a drunk driver this Super Bowl weekend, please call 911 or the Oregon State Police Dispatch at 1-800-24-DRUNK (1-800-243-7856). And if you are injured in a drunk driving accident, contact Portland personal injury law firm Shulman DuBois LLC by visiting http://www.pdxinjurylaw.com.