Initiative aims to make our roads safer
In an ongoing initiative that was highlighted this past Labor Day weekend, law enforcement officers in Hazleton and the rest of Luzerne County are cracking down on drunk drivers. With roving patrols and strategic check points, police officers are joining forces with representatives from the Northeast Highway Safety program as well as the Luzerne County DUI Program to make the roads safer for everyone, the Hazleton Standard-Speaker reports.
Drunk driving still remains a persistent problem in Hazleton and statewide. Despite decades of advertisements, the work of anti-drunk driving organizations and other preventative measures geared toward putting a stop to drunk driving, tens of thousands of people are arrested in Pennsylvania each year for driving under the influence of alcohol. In Luzerne County alone, the district attorney's office prosecutes over 1,500 DUI cases each year, according to the Standard-Speaker article.
For drunk drivers, a DUI charge can end up costing thousands of dollars, to say nothing of future career or employment opportunities could be jeopardized by a DUI on a driving record. But while the legal consequences of drunk driving are serious, the potential consequences these motorists can cause when they are not stopped can be even more severe.
Drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or other drugs have impaired senses and slower reaction times. Motorists who choose to drive while their senses are impaired due to drugs or alcohol greatly endanger not only their own lives but the lives of those around them. When drunk drivers cause car accidents, people get seriously hurt or even killed.
Drunk driving is never worth the risk
Holidays such as Labor Day are a great cause for celebration, but people who go out to the bars to celebrate on that or any other weekend need plan ahead. It's easy enough for someone who is going to be drinking to take a cab home or appoint a friend as a designated driver. Drunk drivers put themselves and everyone else on the road at risk - and they know it. When they choose to take that risk, they need to be held accountable.
That's why we applaud the efforts of Luzerne County officials to crack down on drunk driving. Law enforcement plays an important role in holding drunk drivers accountable by stopping and prosecuting the offenders. Likewise, an attorney representing the victim can hold the drunk driver accountable for the injuries caused in a crash - and help the injured person move forward by paying for medical care, lost wages and other expenses.
We know what can happen when a person decides to drive while under the influence of alcohol. We know because we've seen it. Our lawyers have taken on drunk drivers before - including a recent case that we settled for policy limits - and we'll take them on for you. If you have been hit by a drunk driver, contact McNelis Law right away. You and your loved ones should not have to pay for another person's recklessness.