Memorial Day and Labor Day are commonly recognized as the unofficial bookends of summer. The National Safety Council recognizes them as the beginning and end of the 100 Deadliest Days of the year for teen drivers. Although summer is almost over, the threat of deadly driving accidents for both teen and adult drivers will increase as the Labor Day holiday approaches.
In preparation for the holiday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently launched its annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” law enforcement crackdown on drunk driving. More than 10,000 law enforcement officials will be on the lookout for drunk drivers now through September 7, with zero tolerance for drivers caught with a BAC of 0.08 or higher.
Drunk drivers can be on the road at any time of day, but the most dangerous time is between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. Nearly half of all fatalities during that time involve drunk drivers, compared to 14% during the day, according to the NHTSA.
The agency reminds motorists that the best protection against a drunk driver is a seatbelt. For those who have been drinking, the NHTSA offers the SaferRide app as a way to help keep drunk drivers off the road. The app allows users to easily call a local taxi or send their location to a friend so they can be picked up (available for free download on Google Play and the iTunes Store).
If you or a loved on has been hurt by a drunk diver, contact the St. Louis personal injury attorneys at The S.E. Farris Law Firm. We represent DUI accident victims on a contingency basis so you will pay nothing unless we win compensation for you. To speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer, please contact us today at 314-A-LAWYER (314-252-9937) to arrange a free evaluation.
For more resources on teen driving safety, visit the National Safety Council’s Drive it Home website.