The winter holidays can be a dangerous time on the road. That is why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched the following two safety campaigns:
This year the campaigns run from December 14, 2022 through January 1, 2023. The campaigns are created to educate people about the dangers and consequences of driving drunk and high. Additionally, the campaigns also raise awareness that law enforcement will increase their efforts to get impaired drivers off the roads. Here, we discuss the two campaigns and encourage you to make the decision to always drive sober.
If an impaired driver injures you this winter, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer will help to protect your rights and ensure you receive maximum compensation.
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Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
Drunk driving is dangerous and deadly. It is a problem on the roads throughout the year. According to the NHTSA:
- One person is killed, on average, about every 45 minutes in a drunk-driving crash, totaling more than 11,000 lives lost each year.
Additionally, according to Zero Fatalities Nevada:
- In Nevada, impaired driving is the leading cause of motor vehicle crashes, injuries, and fatalities.
The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign raises awareness about the dangers of drunk driving during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. Consider the following data from the NHTSA:
- In 2020, there were 209 drunk driving related deaths during the Christmas/New Year’s holiday periods.
- In December 2020, 851 people lost their lives in drunk-driving crashes.
- In 2020, 30 percent of deadly traffic crashes involved a drunk driver.
If a drunk driver injures you this holiday season, get medical help immediately. Once you have sought medical care, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. The law firm of Anthem Injury Lawyers has a dedicated team of Las Vegas lawyers and staff ready to help you. Contact Anthem Injury Lawyers today at (702) 857-6000 to schedule a free consultation.
How Does Alcohol Impact Safe Driving?
Alcohol impacts your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. Alcohol can impair your thinking and coordination. Even a small amount of alcohol can impact your driving.
Blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is the amount of alcohol in your blood that develops from drinking alcoholic beverages. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the following are BACs with their predictable effects on driving:
- .02 — Decline in visual functions, decline in ability to perform two tasks at the same time
- .05 — Reduced coordination, reduced ability to track moving objects, difficulty steering, reduced response to emergency driving situations
- .08 — Reduced concentration, short-term memory loss, issues with speed control, reduced information processing capability, impaired perception
- .10 — Reduced ability to maintain lane position and brake appropriately
- .15 — Substantial impairment in vehicle control, attention to driving task, and in necessary visual and auditory information processing
It’s important to remember that drunk driving is preventable. For information on strategies to prevent drunk driving, see Did You Know It’s National Impaired Driving Prevention Month?
We hope you stay safe on the roads during the winter holidays. If another driver injures you in a Las Vegas area car accident, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. The experienced team at Anthem Injury Lawyers can help you protect your rights and get you the personal injury settlement that you deserve. Contact Anthem Injury Lawyers today at (702) 857-6000 to schedule an appointment for a free consultation.
If You Feel Different, You Drive Different — Drive High Get a DUI
Alcohol isn’t the only substance that can impact your ability to safely drive. Drugs and even certain medications can impair your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.
Drug-impaired driving is illegal in all 50 states. In Nevada, it is unlawful to drive under the influence of prohibited substances, including marijuana. Under Nevada law, prohibited substances include the following:
- Cocaine metabolite
- Heroin metabolite
- Lysergic acid diethylamide
- Marijuana metabolite
If you are injured in an accident with a drug impaired driver, contact the police and get medical help immediately. If possible, let the police know that you suspect the other driver was impaired. The police report and any test results can be important evidence in supporting your case.
Once you’ve received medical care, contact Anthem Injury Lawyers. The team at Anthem Injury Lawyers will give you the best opportunity to gain maximum compensation for your injuries. Time is of the essence. Contact Anthem Injury Lawyers today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.
How To Handle an Impaired Driver
The roads can be dangerous for everyone around the winter holidays. Even if you choose to drive sober, other drivers on the road may be impaired. How can you spot an impaired driver? According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), there are a number of signs that someone may be driving while impaired.
If you suspect that another driver is drunk or drugged, use the following tips from MADD:
- Stay as far away from the other vehicle as possible.
- Try to make note of the vehicle’s license plate number and other distinguishing details of the vehicle.
- Call 911. Use a hands-free device or safely pull over before making the call.
If a Las Vegas driver injures you during the winter holidays, seek medical help immediately. Once you receive proper medical treatment, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. The experienced team at Anthem Injury Lawyers will work aggressively to protect your rights and help you receive maximum compensation. Our law office is in Henderson, Nevada and we work with clients all over Las Vegas. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.
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We hope the above discussion helps you understand the dangers of impaired driving. If an impaired driver injures you in a Las Vegas area accident, you should speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer. Some people wonder why they need a personal injury lawyer to help them. A personal injury lawyer will work aggressively to protect your rights and help you receive maximum compensation for your injuries.
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