Law enforcement officers throughout Kentucky took steps to crack down on drunk driving over the New Year's holiday earlier this week. Law enforcement agencies throughout the state planned to have extra patrols out on the streets as well as set up roadside checkpoints in an effort to take drunk drivers off the roads, according to news reports.
At this point, it is not yet clear how many drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol on New Year's Eve or during the early morning hours on New Year's Day. These efforts are very important as the state tries to curb fatal car accidents.
Traffic fatalities are down overall across Kentucky, and in fact it has been estimated that the total number of traffic fatalities in 2013 may be the lowest since the 1940s.
While it is great to see that number decrease, drunk drivers do still cause multiple deaths and serious injuries every year in Kentucky. Driving drunk is one of the most irresponsible things that people can do. It puts their own lives at risk, as well as the lives of everyone in their vicinity.
It is important that drunk drivers are held accountable. In Kentucky, victims of drunk driving car accidents may have the right to receive compensation for their medical costs, lost wages and pain and suffering from the drunk driver and/or the driver's insurance company. This is a complicated process and it is wise for the victims of drunk driving accidents to seek legal counsel.
Source: The Courier Journal, "Louisville police increasing patrols, targeting drunken drivers New Year's Eve," Dec. 30, 2013