Today, while you are enjoying the Labor Day holiday, remember that each year thousands of Americans are killed in drunk driving accidents. Avoid this problem by having a designated driver, or by using public transportation and taxis.
In New Jersey, in 2012, there were 164 drunk driving fatalities, representing 28 percent of all vehicle accident fatalities. Unfortunately, during Labor Day Weekend of that year, more than a third of all traffic deaths occurred in drunk driving crashes.
Because of this, the state launched the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, which will run through today.
“Driving drunk is totally inexcusable,” New Jersey State Police Superintendent Col. Rick Fuentes said, according to NJ.com. “We’re hoping that New Jersey drivers get the message and take some simple steps to prevent a tragedy.”
According to NJ.com, there will be extra patrols today in several areas, including Washington Township, Clayton, Elk Township, Woodbury Heights, Glassboro, Monroe Township, Deptford Township, Westville, Harrison Township, Mantua Township and Rowan’s Glassboro campus.
Remember, if you are caught drunk driving, you could lose your license and face jail time.
How Can I File a Lawsuit Following a Drunk Driving Accident?
Aside from criminal charges, if you are involved in a drunk driving accident that involves personal injuries or death, you can be held liable civilly. Through a lawsuit, a victim’s family can obtain money for pain and suffering, lost wages as well as medical treatment.
Driving while under the influence of alcohol can lead to serious consequences for everyone. Stay safe today. Contact us toll free at (800) 711-5258 to schedule a free initial consultation or complete the form on this page to let our skilled attorneys review your case.
Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, P.C. – Bergen County Personal Injury Lawyers
KGG’s Corner: The average DWI in New Jersey costs about $10,000 between fines and legal fees.