Virginia Police Report Fewer Drunk Drivers and Accidents over Labor Day Weekend

By Peter DePaolis

The recent Labor Day weekend proved to be a safer one for Northern Virginia drivers than last year’s holiday. Eight people died in car accidents, compared to fourteen who died last year. There were 378 accidents on Northern Virginia roads, which was a drop of 141 from a year ago. If unsafe driving has harmed you or a loved one, a Northern Virginia personal injury attorney can help you hold those drivers accountable for their actions.

Despite the drop in holiday traffic accidents and deaths, even one death is too many, and the Virginia police stepped up its efforts over the past year. Northern Virginia took part in the multi-state Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign, which included Washington, D.C., Maryland, and four other states. The campaign used police checkpoints and patrols on roads where drunk driving was most likely. It also employed paid advertisements to provide awareness of officers’ efforts and to educate people as to the dangers of drunk driving.

Nationwide, 36 people die every day in a motor vehicle crash involving an alcohol-impaired driver. Holidays typically see a spike in alcohol-related deaths, as people drive to see family and friends and attend gatherings.  The two holidays during which most drunk driving accidents occur are Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. If you are driving to a place where you will be drinkiing, plan ahead and bring a designated driver, spend the night, or call a taxi.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident that a drunk driver caused, contact Justin M. Beall, a Northern Virginia personal injury lawyer, at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.