The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that each year on average, more than 10,000 people die in drunk driving crashes. In an effort to discourage drunk driving, law enforcement in Philadelphia, Wilkes-Barre and throughout the country focus on cracking down on drunk driving from late August through Labor Day.
The NHTSA reported some startling Labor Day drunk driving statistics
- Almost 4 in 10 fatal crashes over the 2013 Labor Day holiday involved a drunk driver.
- During the 2013 Labor Day Holiday almost half of the 18-34 year old drivers killed in crashes were drunk.
- Drunk driving can be fatal. During the Labor Day Holidays of 2009-2013 nearly 500 drunk drivers died.
- In 2013, 200 children age 14 or younger were killed in accidents involving a drunk driver.
- An average of 1 drunk driving fatality occurred every 52 minutes in 2013.
Not only are many car crashes caused by drunk drivers, but motorcycle crashes as well. 40% of the motorcycle riders who died in crashes were drunk. More than 1 in 4 motorcyclists who were involved in fatal crashes in 2013 were drunk.
This Labor Day weekend will see an increase of traffic and crashes on roadways throughout Philadelphia and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton area with vehicles jamming I-81, I-80, I-76 and the Pennsylvania turnpike as drivers head to family gatherings and other weekend getaways. AAA predicts the busiest Labor Day weekend for road travel in 7 years with more than 30 million Americans expected to be travelling by car. Record low gas prices are contributing to this increase in road travel.
Labor day is the last hurrah of summer, and car crashes, motorcycle crashes and other traffic crashes increase over the long holiday weekend when traffic is at a peak. We also see an increase in drunk driving over the holiday weekend, which increases the chances of traffic accidents.
The Philadelphia, Wilkes-Barre, and Scranton car accident attorneys at Fellerman & Ciarimboli encourage you to use extra caution and drive safely this holiday weekend and throughout the entire year. Your life and the lives of others many depend on it. Drive free from distractions and free from alcohol and other impairments, and do not let others drive drunk. Remember that seat belts save lives, so be sure to buckle up, follow speed limits and drive safely.
If you have been involved in a car accident, call the injury lawyers at Fellerman & Ciarimboli today for a free consultation. Call 215-575-9237 for our Philadelphia car crash lawyers or 570-714-HURT for our Wilkes-Barre car accident attorneys.
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