Morgantown, WV (PRWEB) August 30, 2014
Labor Day weekend brings the highest number of drunk driving accidents and fatalities of the year, second only to the Fourth of July weekend. Labor Day is celebrated as the last of the long summer weekends, but unfortunately many of these end-of-summer celebrations lead to overindulgence that makes its way onto the road.
As part of the national enforcement initiative, "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” West Virginia state police and Morgantown area city police are focusing their efforts on reducing alcohol-and drug-related crashes through Labor Day.
In West Virginia, additional troopers will be on patrol during each shift. Though impaired driving remains a problem, this extra enforcement has driven down the occurrence of collisions caused by DUI in recent years.
Motorists not using their seat belts, drunk driving, distracted driving, reckless driving and speeding are among the problems troopers will be watching for as travelers go to and from their destinations.
It is illegal to drive with a BAC (blood alcohol content) of .08 or greater, but the impairing effects of alcohol can come at levels lower than that. It is never advised to operate a vehicle once you have started celebrating the weekend. Driving after drinking is never worth the risk.
In 2013, nine people were killed in car, truck, or motorcycle collisions in West Virginia last Labor Day weekend. Nationwide, someone dies as a result of impaired driving every 34 minutes over this holiday weekend.
Be vigilant of drunk drivers by being aware of vehicles weaving within lanes, and noting those stopping for no reason or turning abruptly/illegally. Never try to pass a potentially intoxicated driver. Instead, call 911 and provide them with the other vehicle’s make, model and license plate number, as well as your general location, to help authorities remove the unsafe driver from the road. Never endanger yourself to obtain the information.
Enjoy your Labor Day by keeping it fun by keeping it safe!
Submitted by the Robinette Legal Group, PLLC, a West Virginia Personal Injury Law firm based in Morgantown. Jeff Robinette is a National Board Certified Trial Attorney with a focus on Motor Vehicle Collisions. Questions? Call today: 304-594-1800 or 304-216-6695.