In honor of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign in preparation for Labor Day weekend, the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) hosted two press conferences: one in northern Kentucky on Aug. 17 and another in central Kentucky on Aug. 18 at the Kentucky State Fair. Moreover, media was emphasized in the 25 counties with higher-than-average impaired driving crash rates.
DUI-related accidents cause one death every 23 minutes between the hours of midnight and 3 AM, according to the NHTSA. That statistic, along with the number of injuries and crashes caused by impaired driving, spurred law enforcement officials to develop this program. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and other groups support the crackdown.
In addition to planned DUI checkpoints, where officers stop drivers to determine if they are intoxicated or impaired, law enforcement officers also organized saturation patrols throughout the weekend. Saturation patrols involve a large number of patrol officers taking to the Kentucky roadways and watching for drivers exhibiting unsafe behaviors. These patrols not only catch those under the influence of alcohol and drugs, they also identify drivers who speed, run red lights and fail to follow the rules of the road.
If you are the victim of a motor vehicle accident caused by someone else’s negligence, it may help if you contact a Louisville personal injury attorney who can inform you of your legal rights and options. An auto accident often causes serious injuries to those involved, making it inevitable for a person to need extensive medical care and require time away from work. By holding the negligent or drunk driver legally responsible, you may be able to obtain compensation to offset the expenses associated with the accident.