Every motor vehicle driver carries a great responsibility. Each is responsible for his or her own safety, the safety of his or her passengers and the safety of other drivers, passengers, bicyclists and pedestrians on the road. When we consider that a momentary lapse of attention by a motorist can result in catastrophic injuries and property damages, common sense tells us how unwise it is to drink and drive. Nevertheless, numerous Virginia Beach drivers operate their vehicles while intoxicated every single weekend.
Richmond's chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving completed its 8th Walk Like MADD fundraiser last Saturday. The annual fundraiser is completed each year in memory of victims, survivors and family members of those who have been harmed by drunk driving.
Apparently, we still have a long way to go in order to convince all Virginia Beach residents not to text and drive. Indeed, the dangerous behavior is still prevalent on our roadways, which begs the question: How dangerous is texting-while-driving compared to drunk driving?
In terms of personal injury claims, the successful pursuit of a case after being injured in a car accident will require strong evidence that shows another individual or business's negligent caused the accident resulting injuries. In situations where the at-fault driver is convicted of DUI in criminal court, such a conviction can be used to help prove the driver's liability for damages in civil court.
Education is key when it comes to distracted driving and DUI accident prevention. That is why one Virginia high school and local firefighters are making a concerted effort to inform students about the risks associated with texting and driving and driving while inebriated.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving, which is commonly known as MADD, helps to ensure that people understand how big of an issue drunk driving can be by spreading the word regarding statistics and updates to the law. This information can shed light on what the DUI scene looks like in Virginia and what the lawmakers are doing about it in an attempt to prevent accidents.
The police department in Waynesboro, Virginia, is conducting an investigation into a car crash that critically injured one man. The two-car crash was allegedly caused by a 21-year-old man who has since been charged with DUI by authorities. Police say that the charges will likely be upgraded upon the completion of their investigation.
Approximately 10 years ago, Virginia lawmakers created over 70 bills to increase the penalties relating to dunk drivers and create what is almost a zero-tolerance policy for repeat drunk driving offenders. The question is, though, did it work?
Fourth of July brings the busiest travel weekend of summer. As such, the Virginia State Police are out in force as a part of "Operation CARE," seeking to reduce motor vehicle accident fatalities by aggressively enforcing the state's traffic laws. Hopefully, they will succeed in their efforts considering that Fourth of July weekend is one of the most dangerous holidays for drunk driving deaths.
A drunk driver, who killed a pregnant woman and her unborn baby in a 2012 car crash, has been punished with a prison sentence of almost 24 years. The man has been held in custody since the day of the crash, so he has already satisfied almost two years of his impending sentence. Penalties can be stiff for Virginia drunk drivers, and this case is certainly no exception.