Lexington, KY- New Year’s Eve is upon us, and the festivities will soon be underway. Most people, Kentuckians included, like to say “Goodbye” to the old year and “Hello” to the New Year with a few drinks. There’s nothing wrong with that, but regrettably, many NYE revelers will drink and drive, and some will cause deadly and injurious crashes.
Drunk Driving Spikes on New Year’s Eve
Drunken driving accidents typically spike over long holiday weekends including New Year’s Eve. The National Safety Council says 356 Americans could die and 40,900 could be injured over New Year’s weekend. Those are just projected figures, but statistics from previous years show that they are on target. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there were 355 drunk driving fatalities in the U.S. over the 2015 New Year’s Eve holiday weekend.
Lexington Police Will Be Looking for Impaired Drivers
Lexington Police know that there are more intoxicated drivers on the roads around the holidays, so they step up their efforts to keep take those drivers off the road. That means having more patrols in the streets this weekend. Officially, the weekend kicks off 6:00 p.m. Friday, December 29, and ends at 11:59 pm on Monday, January 1, 2018.
The Lexington Police Department’s “Sober or Slammer” campaign began in mid-December and will continue through Monday. Traffic and patrol officers will be focused on DUI enforcement and will set up roadblocks in several critical locations across town to prevent deadly DUI crashes.
At the kick-off of the “Sober or Slammer” campaign, Lexington Police Chief Terrence Green said, according to Fox 57, “Please make the smart decision to have a sober driver to get you home safe this holiday season. The risk is just too great to get behind the wheel intoxicated.”
How to Spot a Drunk Driver and What to Do
If you are planning on driving at any time over the long holiday weekend, you may end up sharing a stretch of road with a drunk driver. Look for the following driving habits typical of drunken drivers:
Driving the wrong-way
Making illegal turns
Nearly striking moving or fixed objects
Unable to stay in lane
Weaving across the road
Slow to react at stop lights and intersections
If you notice a drunk driver, keep your distance and do not engage them. Instead, remember as much about the driver and their vehicle as you can and call 911. Let police stop the driver.
Call a Drunk Driving Accident Attorney Immediately
If you or someone you love is injured by an impaired driver, call a drunk driving accident lawyer in Lexington immediately to talk about your case. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries or loss. USAttorneys.com will connect you with a knowledgeable and understanding attorney to handle your wrongful death or personal injury claim. Call and arrange an evaluation to learn if you are eligible for compensation and how you can recover the full amount you deserve.