As its does on high volume Holiday drive weekends, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is calling on motorists across the nation to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over this holiday weekend and all year round. Law enforcement agencies in Boise, throughout Idaho and all around the country will be stepping up efforts to prevent drunk driving and catch impaired drivers this weekend. Although Labor Day typically signifies an end to the summer and new beginnings for the fall school semester, the holiday weekend is typically fraught with injury causing and deadly drunk driving crashes. This year, high-visibility enforcement efforts will begin at 6:00 p.m. on September 2nd and end at 5:59 a.m. September 5th.
Some Facts on Labor Day Safety
- During the 2014 Labor Day holiday weekend, there were 401 traffic crash fatalities nationwide.
- 48 percent of those fatal crashes involved drivers who had been drinking.
- More than a fourth of those crashes involved drivers with a BAC almost twice the legal limit.
- 83 percent of drunk-driving crash fatalities over the 2014 Labor Day holiday weekend happened between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 5:59 a.m.
- Among drivers between the ages of 18 and 34 who were killed in crashes over the Labor Day holiday weekend in 2014, 51 percent of those fatalities involved an alcohol-impaired driver.
A Safe Ride Home on Labor Day
The NHTSA is reminding party goers to choose a safe ride home this holiday weekend and all yearlong. If you’ve been drinking, don’t get behind the wheel. The NHTSA also wants drivers to know that buzzed driving is drunk driving. It’s possible for one drink to be one drink too many. Make sure to have a plan ahead of time. It also helps to have a backup plan. Have a cab’s number per-programed into your phone so you can call one easily and quickly if your designated driver falls through.And of course these days there is always Uber or Lyft.
Drunk Driving Injuries in Boise
After any type of car collision due to somebody else’s dangerous, impaired or negligent behavior, it’s important to get in touch with a personal injury attorney about your claim. If you have been injured by a drunk driver in Boise or in any of the surrounding communities, contact Holzer Edwards, Chartered at 208-297-7373 for a free case consultation.