Did you know that over 10,000 people die each year as a result of drunk driving? According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) these unnecessary deaths need to stop, which is why NHTSA is leading the effort with its “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, hoping to save lives on the road by stopping drunk driving.

Unfortunately, summertime is often a time when drunk driving increases due to the warm weather, vacations, and holiday parties. For example, during the 2013 July 4th weekend, 55% of the drivers involved in fatal crashes between 9 p.m. and midnight were drunk, and 199 people died as a result of drunk driving, according to NHTSA.

Drunk Driving Needs to Stop

What’s scary is that Palcohol, a new powdered alcohol that mixes into water, is on the market this summer—making it even easier for people to hide that they are drinking and driving. The thought is that Palcohol might make it easier for drivers to conceal they are consuming alcohol prior to getting behind the wheel. Whether someone has consumed Palcohol or other alcoholic beverages before taking the wheel, a drunk driving crash is very likely.

Drunk Driving: A Major Safety Concern

Unfortunately, drunk driving has become an epidemic in our nation that produces deadly results. Because drunk driving is preventable, police officers nationwide are once again stepping up their efforts to stop drunk drivers before they hurt anyone on the road. The 2015 national drunk driving “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown will be enforced from August 19 to September 7, 2015.

Although it is great that police officers will be increasing their enforcement efforts during this time period in an effort to save more lives, all drivers have the power to save lives on our roadways by never getting behind the wheel buzzed or drunk.

As personal injury lawyers who have seen needless tragedies, we are raising awareness of this issue and are hoping you can help us reduce drunk driving this summer on our roadways. Please drive sober, and spread the word to your friends and families by sharing this blog on Facebook. You can make a difference by helping make our Maryland roadways safer.

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