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Responsible drivers minimize alcohol-related accidents

It's not uncommon for friends in Louisiana to want to get together on the weekends or after work and have a few drinks. Responsible drivers, however, will take steps to avoid getting behind the wheel of their vehicle impaired. These steps could include selecting a designated driver or using a car service. Unfortunately, in 2016, more than 10,000 people lost their lives because drivers opted to get behind the wheel of their automobile while impaired.

For decades, governmental institutions, community organizers, families and religious institutions have all taken part in education and advocacy campaigns aimed at minimizing the number of individuals impaired by alcohol on the road. Still, approximately every 50 minutes, one person in the United States loses their life in an alcohol-related car crash.

President Trump hopes to bring attention to the troubling statistics surrounding drunk driving. In a proclamation released on November 30, 2017, President Trump declared December 2017 as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. In his proclamation, he focused on the role that each individual has in taking responsibility for themselves and not getting behind the wheel while impaired by alcohol. He encouraged businesses to take advantage of reductions in regulations as an opportunity to create new technologies and create new services to minimize the number of impaired drivers on the road. The overall message of the proclamation was that with a coordinated effort, the number of accidents and deaths from impaired driving can be reduced.

If a person is a victim of a car accident caused by a driver who is impaired by alcohol, they may be due compensation for their injuries, loss of work and medical bills. If the accident resulted in a fatality, the victim's family may be entitled to this compensation. A personal injury lawyer will work with the victim or their family to determine if the family has a case and whether it should be brought to court.

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