Drunk Driving Accidents a New Year’s Danger in North and South Carolina

The North Carolina Highway Patrol will be out in force in an effort to reduce the risk of drunk driving accidents in Raleigh and elsewhere in North Carolina over the New Year’s weekend.

CBS9 reports the state’s “Booze it and Lose it” campaign will be in full swing with officers working DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols statewide. In addition to drunk driving, law enforcement will also be looking for speeders and drivers who are too aggressive.
In South Carolina, the Post and Courier reports that checkpoints are slated to go up in Charleston, Dorchester and Colleton counties, among others.

There, the number of DUI arrests has skyrocketed, from 8,640 in 2006 to more than 15,000 so far in 2010.

Nationwide, drunk driving accidents account for about one-third of all traffic fatalities, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In 2008, a total of 11,773 people were killed in alcohol-related traffic accidents.

Somewhere in America a motorist is killed by a drunk driver every 45 minutes. North Carolina drunk driving accidents claimed 500 lives that year. Drunk driving accidents in South Carolina killed 463 and accounted for half of all traffic fatalities.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, contact the Carolina injury lawyers at Lee & Smith today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965.

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