By now, it should come as no surprise that there are more drunk drivers on the roads over the holiday season.
This increase in impaired drivers means your risk of an accident is even higher, even if you are sober and driving as safely as possible.
“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”
In response to the higher number of drunk drivers on the road, New Jersey launched a “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, which runs through the end of the year.
The campaign is part of an overall national effort to reduce drunk drivers on the roads, thereby decreasing the number of drunk driving accidents.
As part of the campaign, various local police departments were given grants that are used to put up more sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols.
Sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols
Sobriety checkpoints are designated spots where police officers are stationed and stop vehicles to check the impairment level of drivers. Drivers cannot avoid a sobriety checkpoint once they arrive at one.
Saturation patrols are areas with an increased number of police officers focused on spotting drunk drivers. They are typically places where drunk drivers are more likely to be, such as a location with several bars or near a major entertainment venue.
Your rights as the victim of a drunk driver
A crash with a drunk driver could leave you with debilitating injuries. As a drunk driving accident victim, you are also at risk of experiencing mental distress that could lead to fear of getting behind the wheel again.
The potential effects are endless. Drunk drivers are negligent drivers, and they have no place on New Jersey’s roads.
A personal injury lawsuit can potentially bring you some compensation in the aftermath of your accident. You could recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages and emotional or mental distress.
You do not have to go through this experience alone. Your focus should be on healing and not navigating the legal system. A personal injury attorney can provide you the guidance you need and advocate for your right to compensation.