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The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) recently issued a press release about the results of their 2015 Holiday “Booze It And Lose It” campaign. Like many states and law enforcement agencies across the nation, North Carolina is trying to reduce the number of injury causing and fatal drunk driving crashes that happen each year. Sadly, the holidays are an especially deadly time on North Carolina roadways. During the safety campaign, that ran from December 11, 2015 to January 3, 2016, there were 3,074 charges for DWI. Of those charges, 252 were related to drug use. Almost 350 law enforcement agencies participated statewide.

“Booze It And Lose It” Results

  • There were 10,914 checking stations and saturation patrols.
  • 105,020 traffic and criminal citations were made.
  • On average, there were 128 DWI arrests per day.
  • Henderson County had 18 total DWI charges.

Increased Enforcement Efforts in North Carolina

In addition to an increase in law enforcement, the NCDOT also utilized social media and other marketing sources to get the word out about the dangers of drunk driving. Their social media ad “Don’t Drink and Drive. You’re Smarter Than That.” was aimed at raising awareness about the dangers associated with drunk driving. The campaign also included suggestions for a variety of safe options available to people after a night of celebrations including alcohol.

After a Drunk Driving Accident in Asheville

Accidents involving drunk drivers can be absolutely devastating for victims. Whether you were hit head-on or center-punched, a drunk driving accident can leave you in the hospital and out of work for a lengthy period of time. Since these accidents are completely preventable, it’s essential for victims to be compensated for their medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. When somebody chooses to get behind the wheel after drinking, he or she is putting everybody on the road at great risk.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one due to a drunk driver in Asheville or any of the surrounding communities, contact the skilled and proven team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free case consultation.

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Officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are urging motorists to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over this holiday season. Sadly, we typically see a spike in injury causing and fatal drunk driving accidents this time of year. During the 2013 holiday period (December 18-31), there were 1,180 people killed in crashes. Nearly a third of those deaths occurred in crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers. In the month of December 2013 alone, 733 people were killed in drunk driving crashes.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in an accident involving a drunk driver, you need to speak with a skilled personal injury lawyer as soon as possible about your case. The whole team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a great New Year.

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Early Tuesday morning, a suspected drunk driving crash had a portion of Haywood Road closed down for hours. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened near the intersection of Baker Avenue, sometime around 1:00 a.m. The vehicle struck a telephone pole and knocked it down in the roadway. First responders and crews were on the scene, where a new telephone pole had to be installed. The driver, Charles Giezentanner III, was arrested and charged with DWI, reckless driving to endanger, driving with a revoked license, hit and run, leaving the scene and causing property damage.

Impaired Driving Crashes in The U.S.

  • In 2013, 10,076 people were killed in crashes involving a drunk driver.
  • Fatalities in crashes involving drunk drivers accounted for 31 percent of total traffic fatalities for the year.
  • An average of one alcohol-impaired driving fatality occurred every 52 minutes in 2013.
  • The estimated economic cost of drunk driving crashes in the U.S. in 2010 was $49.8 billion.
  • In 2013, the 21- to 24-year-old age group had the highest percentage of drivers in fatal crashes, with BAC levels of .08 or higher (33 percent).

Preventable Injury-Causing and Fatal Crashes

Drunk driving crashes are 100-percent preventable. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently publicizing their annual holiday drunk driving prevention campaign. Sadly, the holidays are known for having a spike in injury causing and fatal drunk driving crashes. The NHTSA is encouraging party goers and anybody who is celebrating the holiday season with alcohol to designate a driver, call a cab or find some other safe ride home. No matter what, don’t get behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking.

Drunk Driving Accidents in Asheville

Drunk driving accidents can leave victims in the hospital and out of work for who knows how long. The holiday season is an especially difficult time to deal with medical bills, lost wages and painful injuries. After any kind of car accident due to somebody else’s dangerous driving, it’s important to speak with an experienced and proven personal injury lawyer.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a crash involving a drunk driver in Asheville or the surrounding communities, contact the skilled team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free case consultation.

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Early Thursday morning, four people were injured in a suspected drunk driving crash in Transylvania County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened on Highway 276, about three miles from the entrance of the Pisgah National Forest, sometime around 1:00 a.m.

The vehicle ran off of the roadway and overturned. At least one person had to be airlifted to Greenville Memorial Hospital, and three others were taken to an area hospital. At this point, law enforcement authorities do suspect alcohol was a factor in the crash. There’s no word on whether or not any charges have been filed at this time.

The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes full and swift recoveries for the injured victims.

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On Sunday, a crash on Charlotte Highway took the life of a South Carolina woman. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the one-car crash happened near Upper Brush Creek Road, sometime before 8:00 p.m. Apparently, the vehicle crossed the centerline, struck a tree and overturned beside the roadway. A passenger in the vehicle, 37-year-old Jenifer Bowen of Isle of Palms, South Carolina, died on the scene. The driver, 35-year-old Michael Wells of Fairview, and another passenger were both transported to Mission Hospital for treatment of injuries.

Alcohol and Speed Factors in Deadly Crash

At this time, the cause of this crash is ongoing, but initial reports indicate that alcohol and speed were factors. According to troopers, the car was going an estimated 70 miles per hour at the time of the crash. The speed limit was 45 miles per hour in that area. The driver, Michael Wells, has been charged with DWI, and there could be other charges after a full investigation is completed. WLOS ABC News Channel 13 does report that everybody was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

The Facts on Drunk Driving

  • In 2013, there were 10,076 fatalities in crashes involving a drunk driver.
  • Fatalities in drunk driving crashes accounted for 31 percent of total traffic deaths in 2013.
  • On average in 2013, one alcohol-impaired-driving fatality happened every 52 minutes in 2013.
  • In 2010, the estimated economic cost of drunk driving crashes in the U.S. was $49.8 billion.
  • In 2013, the 21- to 24-year-old age group had the highest percentage of alcohol-impaired drivers in fatal crashes.

Drunk Driving Accidents in Asheville

Drunk driving accidents in Asheville and around the nation are 100 percent preventable. With the upcoming holiday season, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will continue to raise awareness about the dangers, risks and costs associated with alcohol-impaired driving. They also want motorists to know that “buzzed driving” is drunk driving too. Even one drink can be one too many.

The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest condolences to Jenifer Bowen’s family members, friends and loved ones. We also wish everybody involved full and swift recoveries from their injuries.

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Forbes magazine has named the 4th of July America’s Most Dangerous Holiday. During the July 4th, Independence Day Holiday, over the last five years, 750 people were killed in crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers. Independence Day has become synonymous with injury causing and fatal drunk driving crashes across the country.

NHTSA’s Drunk Driving Prevention Campaign

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is trying to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving. In addition to increased social and educational awareness about drunk driving, law enforcement agencies in North Carolina and across the nation will be stepping up efforts to catch offenders and keep roads safe this holiday weekend. If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash involving a drunk driver, contact a skilled personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

The whole team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes everybody a safe and happy 4th of July weekend.

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On Monday evening, a teen was seriously injured in a crash involving a suspected drunk driver in Anderson County. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, Breyona Williams had to be air lifted to Greenville Memorial Hospital from the crash scene on Highway 76 in Pendleton. Williams left the Dairy Queen in Pendleton sometime around 8:30 p.m., just before the wreck. She only got a few miles down the road when her car and 52-year-old Ted Arrowood’s truck collided.

At this time, the crash is still under investigation with law enforcement officers. Arrowood was arrested and charged with driving under the influence. There’s no word on Williams’ current condition or the extent of her injuries, but at the most recent report, she was fighting for her life.

The whole team at Davis Law Group, P.A. wishes Williams a full and swift recovery from her injuries.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has just issued the results of two drunk driving studies. Apparently, while drunk driving crashes have declined, there has been an increase in drugged driving across the U.S. The NHTSA has been working hard over the past few decades to increase the awareness about the dangers of drunk driving, and it shows. Unfortunately, there has been less of an emphasis on the dangers of drug use behind the wheel.

The Research

The NHTSA reports that one particular study, the Roadside Survey of Alcohol and Drug Use by Drivers, found that the number of alcohol-impaired drivers has declined by nearly one-third since 2007. They also found that in a 2014 survey, at least one in four drivers tested positive for at least one drug that could affect safety behind the wheel. They also report that the number of weekend nighttime drivers with evidence of drugs in their system climbed from 16.3 percent in 2007 to 20 percent in 2014. Drivers with marijuana in their systems grew by almost 50 percent.

Using Drugs Behind the Wheel
Although illegal illicit drugs may be the first example to come to mind when you think about drug use behind the wheel, a number of totally legal prescription and over-the-counter medications can also be dangerous for drivers. From illegal drugs like marijuana and cocaine, to certain legally prescribed or over-the-counter pain or allergy medications, driving drug impaired puts everybody on the road in great danger. If you’re not sure if a medication you’re taking is dangerous behind the wheel, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Have You Been Injured by a Drunk or Drugged Driver?

After a crash involving a drunk or drug-impaired driver, you need to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. You might be in the hospital and out of work for who knows how long. Not only will you have medical bills piling up, as a primary or secondary breadwinner, you could be taking an extended unpaid leave of absence from your job. Rather than trying to figure out all by yourself how you’re going to make ends meet, let your lawyer be your advocate.

Contact the skilled legal team at Davis Law Group, P.A. at 866-397-2897 for a free case consultation today.

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On Sunday evening, a firefighter was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver in Anderson County, South Carolina. The Sandy Springs firefighter was responding to a crash scene at the time of the wreck. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the incident happened at about 9:00 p.m. The Sandy Springs firefighter was working a crash scene on US 76 when a suspected drunk driver struck and killed him. The South Carolina Highway Patrol reports that 64-year-old Charles Pickens was headed west on US 76 and went around emergency equipment when he struck the first responder.

Hit-and-Run Driver in South Carolina

The driver initially left the scene of the crime, but he was later picked up at his home. WLOS ABC News Channel 13 also reports that he has been charged with felony driving under the influence (DUI) involving death and leaving the scene of the crash. The entire Sandy Springs community is mourning the loss of the local first responder.

Driving Under the Influence Accidents

When drivers are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they’re putting everybody on the road at great risk for injury or death. Even certain prescription and over-the-counter medications can impair a driver’s ability to safely navigate the roadways. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign is aimed at raising awareness about not only the physical dangers of drunk driving, but also the economic damages and direct legal consequences involved with a DUI.

Move Over, It’s The Law
North Carolina and South Carolina, as well as many other states, have “Move Over” laws, which require drivers to move over or slow down for emergency responders and road workers on the side of the road. These laws are designed to keep public service officials, first responders and other roadway employees and workers safe. In North Carolina, drivers are required to move over one lane for flashing lights. If you’re unable to move over, you have to reduce your speed. This law also extends to the flashing amber lights of road service vehicles too.

The team at Davis Law Group, P.A. sends their deepest heartfelt condolences to the family members, friends and coworkers of the deceased firefighter.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is hoping to reduce the number of injury-causing and fatal drunk driving crashes this holiday season and all year long. In addition to the annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, they’ve recently released a mobile app to help deter drunk driving.

The SaferRide app is designed to help users find taxicabs or friends who can give them a ride home at the end of the night. The app uses the person’s location to find a nearby safe ride home. At this time, the app is available for Android users on Google Play.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a drunk driver, contact the skilled personal injury team at Davis Law Group, P.A. for a free case consultation today.