Drunk and impaired driving is always a concern on state and national roadways. Police in a nearby community southeast of the Pottsville area are cracking down on drunk motorcycle riding and other forms of drunk driving. The drunk driving enforcement campaign will continue through Labor Day. A representative for local district attorney's office noted that national and statewide messaging, in conjunction with increased enforcement, are hoping to reduce the amount of impaired riding that takes place on the nation's roadways.
Celebrating Independence Day typically means an increase in the number of car accidents on the roads in Pennsylvania and elsewhere throughout the country, including many drunk driving accidents.
Throughout the United States, including in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, people recently celebrated Cinco de Mayo. Unfortunately, this also means that after a night of celebration, many people headed back to their cars and got on the roads after having too much to drink.
Everybody knows that drunk driving is illegal and that those who drive while intoxicated face fines, license suspension and even possibly jail time if caught and convicted. People in Schuylkill County should also be aware that drunk drivers may also face civil liability for their misdeeds. If their drunk driving results in personal injuries or property damage, the drunk driver could be held liable in a court of law for the damages.
Spring is just around the corner, and folks in Pottsville know what that means: road work. Soon the orange barriers will be up and work zone speed limits will be in effect. For workers in these work zones, it means another work season will begin. Sunburn and heat exhaustion are not the only dangers faced by road workers, unfortunately. Since 1970, 87 employees of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation have been killed in work zone crashes. Many more have suffered serious injuries.
Most people know that drunk driving is a serious concern throughout the country and also in Pennsylvania. Law enforcement agencies everywhere routinely focus their resources toward policing drunk driving, especially around certain holidays. And, drunk driving is one of the most common criminal charges that Americans face. The sad reality is that drunk driving can ruin many lives.
When a person makes the choice to enjoy alcohol, they should do so responsibly. Responsible intake of alcohol would include, among many things, the choice to abstain from operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. Most people have no problem abiding by this limitation, as it is dangerous and against the law to ignore it. For those innocent drivers that suffer an injury after a drunk driving accident, there is typically a preliminary investigation.
There is a big difference between criminal law and civil law. Criminal law deals with the prosecution of individuals by the government, with prison time possible if the person is convicted of the charges. Civil law, on the other hand, allows a private Pennsylvania resident to obtain an award of damages against another in a lawsuit between the parties.
Generally, the more Pennsylvania residents know about something, the better prepared they are to handle the matter. And yet there are times in which more knowledge does not always mean better conduct.
As discussed last week in this blog, Pennsylvania residents have seen a number of technological advances over the course of the last few decades. New devices have the potential to improve safety, including reducing the number of people who are hit by a drunk driver.