Virginia Study Shows That While Deadly Crashes Have Decreased, Drunk Driving Fatalities Have Increased.

Driving at night can be dangerous for a number of reasons. Poorer lighting means drivers will have a tougher time seeing signs, pedestrians, or even other drivers. It is for this reason that one of the first driving restrictions faced by the elderly or those who cannot see well is that they cannot drive at night. But another, arguably more serious danger is that when driving at night, there are more likely to be drunk drivers on the road. Add alcohol to the risks already inherent in driving, and we have a recipe for disaster. In such a situation, it would be wise to contact an expert car accident attorney at 617-787-3700.

 The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles recently introduced statistics from a study that suggests that while deadly crashes have on the whole decreased, the number of people killed in drunk driving accidents has increased. Specifically, a four percent decrease in deadly auto crashes has been coupled with a twelve percent increase in deadly drunk driving accidents. The study also reported increases in deaths of teen drivers, pedestrians, and an increase in speed-related crashes.

Lawmakers in Virginia have been working extensively to combat drunk driving in recent years. In December 2018, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam formed a highway safety task force. State legislators have also been working to increase penalties for drunk and distracted drivers, and introduce laws specific to distracted driving, cell phone use in particular.

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a drunk driving accident, you may be entitled to significant monetary relief. Act now and contact an expert drunk driving accident attorney here at the Law Offices of Gilbert R. Hoy, Jr. and Affiliates to discuss your potential claim. Call our injury attorney specialists today at 617-787-3700 or email us at info@gilhoylaw.com for your free and private consultation. Your needs are our top priority!

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West Virginia Considers Legislation Making Drunk Driving Legal On One’s Own Property.

For a number of years, efforts have been made on many fronts to curb the amount of drunk driving that occurs in this country. Organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving have attracted extensive membership, while local law enforcement has made it clear that there is a zero tolerance policy for drunk drivers. Nonetheless, the horrible practice continues, and hundreds of lives are lost each year because someone who was too intoxicated to drive decided to get behind the wheel of a car. In such a situation, it would be wise to contact an expert drunk driving injury attorney at 617-787-3700.

In 2012, a West Virginia man was given a DUI for driving an ATV while intoxicated and on his own property. This instance led some to call for clarification of the law, namely whether driving drunk on your own property is indeed a crime. As a response, the West Virginia House of Delegates has recently passed a piece of legislation making operating a vehicle while intoxicated legal, so long as you are on your own property. The legislation passed by a vote of 97-2, and now moves on to the West Virginia Senate. Although the law sounds extremely controversial, the enthusiasm it was met with by the House of Delegates may suggest that there may be some good policy reasons for passing such a law.

If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a drunk driving accident, you may be entitled to significant monetary relief. Act now and contact an expert drunk driving accident attorney here at the Law Offices of Gilbert R. Hoy, Jr and Affiliates to discuss your potential claim. Call our Boston injury attorneys today at 617-787-3700 or email us at info@gilhoylaw.com for your free and private consultation. Your needs are our top priority!

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Houston Authorities Ramp Up Efforts To Combat High Rates Of Drunk Driving.

For a number of years, efforts have been made on many fronts to curb the amount of drunk driving that occurs in this country. Organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving have attracted extensive membership, while local law enforcement has made it clear that there is a zero tolerance policy for drunk drivers. Nonetheless, the horrible practice continues, and hundreds of lives are lost each year because someone who was too intoxicated to drive decided to get behind the wheel of a car. In such a situation, it would be wise to contact an expert drunk driving attorney at 617-787-3700.

Noting an especially high rate of drunk driving in their city, Houston, Texas officials have elected to ramp up their efforts to crack down on drunk driving, thereby improving the safety of the streets and the city for everyone. For the last two weeks in August, Harris County, repeatedly the county with the highest rate of drunk driving in the country, is implementing a “no refusal” policy. Under this policy, if a driver who has been pulled over refuses to take a breathalyzer test, the police may immediately obtain a warrant for a blood test.

Authorities are also setting up two additional locations where these tests may be conducted to streamline the entire process. In addition to medical officials administering these tests, prosecutors and magistrates who can execute such warrants will be on site at the additional locations.

If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a drunk driver, you may be entitled to significant monetary relief. Act now and contact an expert drunk driving attorney here at the Law Offices of Gilbert R. Hoy, Jr. and Affiliates to discuss your potential claim. Call our Boston injury attorneys today at 617-787-3700 or email us at info@gilhoylaw.com for your free and private consultation. Your needs are our top priority!

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