Officials Look To Crack Down on Drunk Driving During Fourth of July

By Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, P.C.News

New Jersey law enforcement authorities will be out in force Thursday for the Fourth of July holiday, extending patrol through the weekend. New Jersey State Police said that patrols would increase, as law enforcement agencies look to squash drunk driving.

During the Fourth of July weekend in 2009, 40 percent of drivers involved in fatal motor vehicle crashes nationally had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. Because the holiday falls on a Thursday this year, AAA said that it is expecting that fewer Americans will be on the road. “This projection is due to the calendar effect of one fewer day in the holiday period, and economic growth that is not robust enough to offset the impact of the sequester and the effect of the end of the payroll-tax cut on American families,” Robert Darbelnet, AAA’s national president and CEO said in a press release.

More than 40 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Independence Day holiday, a 0.8 percent decrease from the 41.1 million people who traveled last year, according to AAA.

According to MADD, in 2012 New Jersey had 193 fatal DUI accidents—an increase of 21 percent over 2011. Our Bergen County injury lawyers know that being injured or having a family member killed in a DWI accident is a traumatic experience. Call us toll free at (800) 711-5258, or contact our law firm online via our online contact form.

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