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Drinking and driving is a big problem along our state’s roads.

Some drivers are more likely to do it than others. According to a recent study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), trucks drivers were the group who were least likely to be involved in a fatal alcohol-related accident. In 2010, less than 5 percent of fatal accidents involving truckers involved an impaired driver. They only accounted for 2 percent of American drivers who were involved in a fatal accident with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher, according to FleetOwner.
Alarmingly, the new statistics from the NHTSA show that about 70 percent of drunk driving accidents from 2010 involved a driver who had a BAC nearly twice the legal limit of .08.

Our Boston drunk driving accident lawyers understand that there were more than 10,000 people killed in alcohol-related car accidents in 2010. These accidents accounted for about a third of all traffic fatalities in the country, meaning someone was killed every 51 minutes. During this same time, about 70 percent of these accidents involved a driver who returned a BAC reading twice that of the .08 legal limit. As a matter of fact, the most frequently recorded BAC among drunk drivers involved in fatal crashes was .18.

Regardless of how drunk a driver is when involved in a fatal car accident, the truth of the matter is that they’re breaking the law. Drivers should never get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol, of any amount but especially when they’re drunk. These kinds of accidents are completely preventable.

To help to get drivers to be more responsible and to avoid these kinds of accidents, officials with the NHTSA are teaming up with law enforcement agencies across the nation, with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), with the National Center for DWI Courts and with Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) for the nationwide anti-drunk driving campaign “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” The campaign kicked off on the 17th of August.

There are more than 10,000 law enforcement departments across the nation that are supporting this year’s campaign. It will be going strong through the Labor Day holiday weekend.

“Drunk driving remains a serious, unacceptable threat to our families and our communities. Our campaign is clear — if you choose to drive drunk, you will be held accountable,” said USDOT Secretary Ray LaHood.

As we close up the summer season, we know that residents and visitors will be heading out for one last celebration. This is how most people view Labor Day weekend. We’re asking drivers to stay sober during this time. The Labor Day holiday weekend is one of the deadliest on our roadways and this is a direct result of drunk driving car accidents. Remember to always have a sober way to get home. You can use a taxi, a bus, the subway a train, a friend, a family member or even a trolley. Remember these options to help you to stay safe and out of a potentially fatal car accident.
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By all accounts, the scene was horrendous – a telephone pole snapped in half by the Ford Explorer that became wrapped around it after a drunk driving accident in Quincy.

Four people were seriously injured in the single-vehicle Boston car accident.
According to the Melanie’s Law , which increases the penalties for drunk driving in Massachusetts.

Some of the greatest changes under the new law include a requirement for an ignition interlock device for someone who wants to get their license back after their second conviction, even if the prior offense was decades ago. Additionally, your license can be suspended for consecutive terms (rather than concurrent, which means they run together) for DUI convictions or if you refuse a breath test when you’re pulled over. There are also harsher license suspensions for under-21 drivers.

Still, some would like to see even greater penalties. Mothers Against Drunk Driving is hoping that future Massachusetts lawmakers will include provisions that Melanie’s Law did not address, including a requirement for alcohol treatment programs for people who chronically drive drunk (especially for those behind bars). They would also like to see more police officers on the streets for deterrence purposes.

If you see a drunk driver on the road, call the police and report it.

Here are some tips from MADD on how to spot a drunk driver:

1. The person quickly accelerates or decelerates.
2. The driver is tailgating, zig-zagging or weaving across the roadway.
3. The driver may almost strike a curb, object or another vehicle 4. A drunk driver may stop without reason or brake erratically 5. A driver who is drunk will drift in and out of lanes.
6. An impaired driver will use improper signals, such as turning a blinker on when they aren’t turning.
7. A drunk driver is likely to swerve.
8. The person has a slower response to traffic signals, either making a delayed start or sudden stop.
9. The driver may forget to use their headlights, even if it’s dark.
10. A drunk driver may be traveling on the wrong side of the road, into oncoming traffic.
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Authorities are expected to be out in force this St. Patrick’s Day in effort to prevent Boston car accidents caused by drunk driving according to an article in The Boston Globe.

Our Boston personal injury lawyers urge residents to enjoy the upcoming four-day weekend kicked off by Thursday’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. But also encourage you to celebrate responsibly with a designated driver and don’t drink and drive.
The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration reports 37 percent of drivers involved in fatal accidents on St. Patrick’s Day in past years have had a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher.

Whether you’re attending the Harpoon St. Patrick’s Festival at the Harpoon Brewery, the 110th St. Patrick’s Day parade in South Boston, or the St. Patrick’s Day open house at the Irish Cultural Centre of New England we wish you safest of travels.

Safe driving tips for your St. Patrick’s Day:

– Go out with a plan. Find a designated driver.

– If impaired, find another way home: call a friend or family member, use a taxi, try public transportation.

– If you see someone who is impaired and about to drive, take their keys and help them make safe a safe arrangement to get home.

– Help others stay safe. Be sure to call 911 if you see a drunk driver on the road.
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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.
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