With the Labor Day drunk driving crackdown in the rearview for drivers and more than 250 Massachusetts law enforcement agencies statewide, Massachusetts State Police are back to their routine of weekend roaming “saturation” patrols that seek out drunk drivers.
The goal is, of course, to reduce the incidence of drunk driving in Massachusetts, the MetroWest Daily News reports. Since the start of 2010, state police have conducted 62 checkpoints and made 462 drunk driving arrests.
As Boston drunk driving accident attorneys at Jeffrey S. Glassman, LLC, reported in a recent Boston Car Accident Lawer Blog, alcohol played a factor in 151 of the 363 fatal Massachusetts car accidents in 2008. We understand the pain, anger and frustration that often results from a serious or fatal drunk driving accidents in Massachusetts and have a proven track record of aggressively representing drunk driving victims.
This ongoing effort to scrub Massachusetts roadways of drunk and impaired drivers is paired with recent legislation – the Safe Driving Act – which aims to make state roads safer for all travelers. This new law, which goes into effect on Sept. 30, targets distracted texting and chatting teens and requires elderly drivers to undergo a more rigorous relicensing process.
Of course, the public is not without their tools of evasion, particularly regarding the more traditional – stationary – sobriety checkpoints. The Daily News reports that oftentimes bars would alert their patrons and friends would turn to texting and “tweeting” to notify fellow drivers of checkpoint locations. To combat this, law enforcement has added the mobile “saturation” patrols to the mix.
The Boston drunk driving accident lawyers at Jeffrey Glassman Injury Lawyers know that being the victim of a drunk driving car accident often means loss of transportation, lost time at work, costly medical bills and extensive rehabilitation. If you have been injured or someone you know has been injured or killed in a drunk driving accident, our team is available to meet with you to discuss your legal, medical and financial situation, either at your home, the hospital or at our offices.
Before you act, speak with an experience Massachusetts injury attorney who can help you better understand your rights and responsibilities. To schedule a free and confidential consultation, contact us online or by phone at (617) 777-7777 today.