Bad weather in many parts of the country and stepped up efforts to curtail drunk driving are being given credit for the low number of deaths on U.S. highways over the long Labor Day Weekend.
According to the National Transportation Safety Board, there were 390 deaths on U.S. Highways over the Labor Day Weekend, down from 602 in 2011. In addition to bad weather and “Drink, Drive, Go to Jail” campaigns, the high gas prices across the country may have played a role in keeping drivers off the roads.
Atlanta had anticipated major traffic headaches with all the activities going on in the city, but in Georgia there were only ten fatalities over the long weekend.
Georgia StateTroopers investigated 373 accidents that injured 230 people.The Georgia State Patrol also arrested 240 people for driving under the influence, issued 983 citations for seat belt violations and recovered six stolen vehicles during the holiday period, according to the Georgia Department of Public Safety.
Staying safe on the roads is a primary concern for drivers everywhere. By driving the speed limit, designating a non-drinking driver, and following the rules of the road, you can reduce your chances of being injured in a car accident. Authorities also say that staying off the roads between the hours of 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. is a good way to reduce your chances of having an accident or encountering a drunk driver.
If you were injured in an accident and need the assistance of a personal injury attorney, contact David Van Sant, an Alpharetta accident lawyer who works with victims to ensure they get medical bills and other expenses from accidents taken care of by those who are responsible. For more information,
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