Drunk driving is a major problem in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles reports that last year alone, alcohol was a contributing factor in more than one-third of all fatal collisions and was responsible for roughly 8 percent of accidents resulting in Virginia car accident injuries. In fact, the Roanoke area is listed as one of the top five regions in the commonwealth for convictions of Driving Under the Influence (DUI).
The Roanoke Regional office of the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control hopes to reduce alcohol-related crashes with several new efforts. WSLS 4 News reports the agency will be offering extra training sessions to avoid over-serving at businesses that sell alcohol. They also plan to distribute flyers and pamphlets to businesses with tips on how to handle intoxicated patrons.
In addition, local law enforcement will be increasing their efforts to keep drunk drivers off the road.
Despite these initiatives, most experts agree that preventing drunk driving starts with a change in attitudes among motorists. This means not getting behind the wheel after drinking and encouraging others to do the same.
The Roanoke personal injury attorneys with Skolrood Law Firm point out you can do your part to reduce drunk driving accidents by:
- Avoiding It– Use a designated driver, cab, ride sharing service, or loved one to get you home safe if you’ve consumed any amount of alcohol.
- Reporting It– If you suspect a drunk driver on the road, inform the local authorities or highway patrol of the situation. Never try to follow a drunk driver though, as it can put you in danger as well.
- Creating Accountability– If you’ve been injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver, an attorney can help you hold him or her accountable.