Consider it fair warning, driver sober or get pulled over. The national campaign is aimed at reducing deaths and injuries caused by intoxicated and impaired drivers over Labor Day weekend. Officials say this is one of the deadliest times for traffic fatalities.
Local officers will be stepping up patrols and aggressively enforcing posted speed limits while looking for motorists who are driving recklessly or who are driving impaired.
Knoxville Labor Day Driving Statistics
Keeping people safe over the holiday weekend is our No. 1 objective, Police Chief David Rausch.
- During the 2014 Labor Day weekend, local officers averaged 22 arrests and citations each hour over the 80-hour holiday traffic enforcement effort.
Driving while intoxicated is the leading cause of crashes and deaths, especially during a holiday. As a result, drivers are urged to use a designated driver or public transportation. Other safe driving tips for travelers include:
- Wear your seatbelt.
- Ensure that children are in properly installed in safety seats.
- Allow plenty of travel time.
- Exercise extreme caution at all times.
Injuries from an automotive accident can be devastating in any circumstance, but when you have been the victim of a driver who has recklessly consumed alcohol or drugs, emotional distress can be overwhelming.
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A serious auto collision can leave victims financially unstable. Loss of wages, surgery and medication costs along with outpatient care can be financially prohibitive for injury victims - especially when they are unable to work while they are injured.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a drunk driving accident, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for medical expenses, property damage and pain and suffering. Contact an experienced car accident lawyer in Knoxville to discuss your legal options.