We look forward to the holidays as a special time with family and friends and, for many, as a time for religious observance. While driving to and from those events, such as on Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and other special days, an insecure feeling may come over you because you know that some people are drinking alcohol. Unfortunately, sometimes those folks make the dangerous decision to get behind the wheel, putting themselves and others on the road at higher risk of injury or death in car accidents.
Because of this, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez announced in November a statewide law-enforcement holiday “superblitz” to crack down on drunk drivers through January 4, 2017 according to a KRWG report. The Governor has implored people who choose to drink alcohol to use designated drivers or call rides for hire, like Uber, after leaving holiday events.
In the same article, State Police Chief Pete Kassetas is quoted as saying that law enforcement will use sobriety checkpoints and extra patrols during busy holiday traffic times. He added that officers will monitor for DWI violations as well as other “traffic and seatbelt violations.”
New state accident data
Not just during the holidays, but all year, drunk driving is a dangerous problem for New Mexicans. Last week, the New Mexico Department of Transportation released new numbers indicating that from January through November of this year, 369 people have died in motor vehicle crashes in the state. By contrast, last year, fewer than 300 such deaths occurred, so numbers are rising.
Both years, around 40 percent of all accidents on state roads were alcohol related.
Seek legal advice
Anyone harmed by a drunk driver should speak with an attorney about the potential of a personal injury lawsuit for resulting injuries and property damage. Survivors of a loved one who died in such a crash should seek legal advice about a wrongful death suit.
In Albuquerque and throughout New Mexico, the law firm of Giddens & Gatton Law,amp; Jacobus has personal injury attorneys who handle motor vehicle accident cases and can specifically provide advice to injury victims and their families regarding how to proceed in the wake of an accident-related injury.
Contact Giddens & Gatton Law,amp; P.C., at (505) 273-3720 to set up an appointment or visit the firm’s website at giddenslaw.com. Giddens & Gatton Law,amp; P.C., is located at 10400 Academy Road N.E., Suite 350, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.