New Year's Eve is right around the corner, which means many Birmingham residents will be gathering with friends and relatives to celebrate. For anyone who is planning to ring in the New Year with adult beverages, it's important to plan ahead for a sober driver in order to stay safe.
In observation of Thanksgiving, Drake Law Firm will be closed on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23. The firm will resume normal operations on Monday, November 26. Despite closing, the Birmingham personal injury attorneys at the firm want to wish all a happy, safe Thanksgiving weekend.
A new study by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC") reveals that the number of teenagers who drink and drive has decreased by nearly 55% over the last two decades. The running study, which began in 1991, reported that only one of every ten high school students over the age of 16 claimed they drove under the influence of alcohol in 2011.
Everybody loses from drinking and driving. A recent denial of an appeal for a former Alabama police officer with a wife, three children, and a dozen years wearing a badge serves as a reminder that alcohol and motor vehicles should never mix.
Alabama has more navigable waterways than any other state in America. To no surprise, Alabama also leads the nation in recreational boaters on its numerous waterways. The presence of numerous recreational boaters, many of whom are inattentive or inexperienced, increases the chance of serious boating accidents.
Which Alabama motorists should have to blow into interlock ignition devices to start their cars, proving they are sober and able to drive? Should it be all convicted drunk drivers, or just certain ones?
Hoover police have charged a man with driving under the influence after a collision between his pick-up truck and a school bus. The driver was arrested after the accident.
Historically, there was no cause of action against a bar or "dram shop" for negligently providing intoxicating beverages to a minor or someone who is obviously drunk. That changed when Alabama enacted the Dram Shop Statutes to curtail drunk driving accidents. These two statutes combine to allow a cause of action, by dependents or family members, against anyone who negligently dispenses liquor in violation of Alabama law, such as when it is sold to a minor. So, in the situation where a minor is provided liquor and then causes an auto accident while drunk, the injured party can sue the person or bar who provided the alcohol.
Alabama law enforcement joined other groups across the United States in an intensive crackdown on drunk drivers over Labor Day weekend. Alabama officials launched two campaigns to further this effort-the first called "Drunk Driving, Over the Limit ... Under Arrest" and the second known as "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over."Campaigns such as these are designed to stop people from driving under the influence of alcohol, and may serve to highlight some of the potential dangers of drunk driving.