Look at the clock, right now. Set a timer or alarm on your smartphone for three hours from now.
According to the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), drunk-driving crashes claim a victim who was not driving drunk in that amount of time—every three hours.
Because of this, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has joined the NHTSA to launch the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown across the country, including Louisiana.
The crackdown focuses on the victims who are innocent of any crime, killed by drunk drivers. According to the NHTSA study, nearly 10,000 people die each year in drunk driving crashes. That’s twenty-seven people per day, or one person every fifty-three minutes. More than a third of those victims are not the drunk driver.
Drunk driving puts the driver and other motorists at risk. The USDOT is conducting a $14 million national advertising campaign communicating the message that law enforcement officers are aware of the signs of impaired driving and are committed to pulling over anyone who is showing these signs.
Additional information on the drunk driving crackdown can be found in the NHSTA’s SAFETY 1N NUM3ERS newsletter.
As a DWI defense attorney in New Orleans, Louisiana, I’ve witnessed the repercussions of drunk driving. All of us at Harmon, Smith & Vourvoulias, LLC urge you to be smart and safe when operating any vehicle. Do not touch the keys if you have had too much to drink.
If you are ever charged with a DWI in Louisiana, contact an experienced New Orleans DWI defense attorney right away for guidance.