The holidays soon will be upon us, bringing with them cheer, goodwill, and festive gatherings across Missouri and Illinois. Many of those gatherings will involve alcohol and, unfortunately, will be followed by car accidents with drunk drivers that could have been avoided. That is why the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety has initiated its December Impaired Driving Enforcement Campaign, which begins on December 18, 2015. The campaign’s purpose is to remind drivers in Missouri to make responsible choices while celebrating with alcohol. Drivers should know that law enforcement activity will increase between December 18 – January 3, and that includes sobriety checkpoints. As stated by the Campaign, if you’re planning a special celebration for the holidays, think first about a safe and sober ride home.
Holiday safety advertising in restaurants and bars across Missouri will serve as reminders of the importance of choosing a completely sober ride such as a taxi. Both Illinois and Missouri have laws that allow establishments such as bars and restaurants to be held liable in some drunk driving accident cases if the establishment served the drunk driver the alcohol. These laws, called dram shop laws, can help the victims or the families of the drunk driving victims obtain fair and just compensation for the negligent acts of such establishments. Making such a claim can be difficult, though, and often requires the assistance of an experienced accident lawyer.
Drunk driving is a huge problem in the United States. Drunk Drivers endanger Missouri Travelers. As a personal injury attorney in the St. Louis area, I am deeply concerned about the fact that 30% of all traffic fatalities in Missouri involve drunk drivers. The CDC has stated that nationwide, a person dies every 51 minutes from an accident involving a drunk driver. For 2013, that meant over 10,000 people died in the United States because of accidents caused by drunk drivers. Between 2003-2012, 3,314 people died in Missouri, and 3,866 in Illinois, because of such car wrecks. This holiday season do not become another Missouri or Illinois DWI /DUI car accident statistic.