According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Fourth of July is the weekend that sees the most fatal drunk driving accidents. In fact, 50 percent of all Fourth of July car accidents are caused, at least in part, by alcohol.
In Texas alone, there were more than 330 DUI-related auto accidents in 2010. This year, the Texas Department of Transportation increased DUI patrol on its highways during the Fourth of July holiday in hopes to reduce that number. Its "No Refusal" campaign (which ran from July 1st through July 5th) led to the arrest of 45 drunk drivers in Dallas alone and hundreds across the state. This drunk driving campaign was focused on getting blood samples from drunk drivers who refused to take a breath test.
The first of its kind in the nation, the campaign was successful in reducing the number of drunk driving accidents and DWI-related fatalities.
Anyone who has been injured or lost a family member in a drunk driving accident knows that "accident" is a misnomer. When someone decides to drive drunk, he or she puts everyone else at risk. Unfortunately, an injured party must take part in two different types of cases - a criminal DWI case and a civil personal injury case - in order to hold the drunk driver fully responsible for his or her actions. The criminal case can send a drunk driver to jail, but it is the personal injury case that allows a plaintiff to recover compensation for his or her injuries.