Posted On: August 31, 2011 by Steven D. Eversole

Law Enforcement Efforts Increased over Labor Day Weekend to Reduce Risks of Car Accidents in Alabama

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, the Alabama Highway Patrol and more than 200 law enforcement agencies across the state will be conducting a number of roadway checkpoints and saturation patrols from now until the end of the Labor Day weekend to help reduce the number of car accidents in Birmingham and elsewhere.

Long holiday weekends are typically a time when we see a dramatic increase in the number of fatal traffic accidents on our Alabama roadways. With increased enforcement efforts, officials across the state hope to significantly reduce that number.

The Alabama Law Enforcement and Traffic Safety Division will be raising awareness of this enforcement campaign through a number of TV public service announcements, billboards, website and newspaper ads. Alabama agencies are also asking neighboring states to join the enforcement efforts and to participate in Hands Across the Border events. These events include press conferences and roadside checkpoints and are used to make roadways safer for everyone in our region.

Our Birmingham personal injury attorneys understand that the long Labor Day holiday weekend is a time for residents to get our and celebrate one last time before the end of summer. Unfortunately, this is a time when we see an increased amount of drunk driving accidents in our area. Driving under the influence is always a bad idea as it puts you and other motorists at risk for a potentially fatal traffic accident in addition to serious penalties if you're busted.

Alabama drunk driving laws and penalties:

-License suspension for 90 days for a first conviction of driving under the influence.

-A driver is required to have an ignition-interlock device installed on their vehicle if they're busted with a blood alcohol level of 0.15 or greater.

-Drivers busted with a blood alcohol concentration of more than 0.15 will receive even stricter punishments.

-DUI checkpoints are legal in the state of Alabama and are conducted throughout the year.

DUI checkpoints are not only used to bust drunk drivers, but they're also used as a part of a larger drunk driving deterrence program. They aim to keep motorists on roadways across the state safe during holiday weekend and throughout the rest of the year.

Alabama's 2009 accident statistics:

-Nearly 850 people killed in 774 fatal traffic accidents.

-There was a traffic accident reported every 255 seconds.

-Someone was injured in a traffic accident every 14 minutes and 37 seconds.

-Someone was killed in a traffic accident every 10 hours and 20 minutes.

-Nearly 75 percent of Alabama car accidents happened urban areas, but 60 percent of traffic accident fatalities happened in rural areas.

-Nearly 50 percent of all fatal accidents occurred at night.

-Nearly 75 pedestrians were killed in 2009.

Road travel is expected to increase significantly during the upcoming holiday weekend, because of the rise in airfare and the drop in fuel costs. All motorists are asked to travel as safely and as cautiously as possible. We would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Labor Day; please celebrate responsibly.

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