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Anti-drunk-driving campaign starting in Oklahoma, rest of U.S.

As summer begins to come to a close, many individuals here in Oklahoma will be taking to the roads to get their last few summer activities in. The roads are likely to be particularly crowded over Labor Day weekend, as for many this holiday weekend represents the last opportunity to get one more summer trip in.

One hopes that, during the upcoming closing weeks of summer, all Oklahomans will drive safely. Misconduct out on the roads can have vast consequences for those who commit it and those unfortunate innocents who just happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

One type of driving misconduct that far too many drivers engage in and far too many people lose their lives to is drunk driving. The national average for drunk driving fatalities is a rather alarming one fatality every 51 minutes. 

Here in Oklahoma, law enforcement agencies will soon be entering a period of increased enforcement against impaired driving. The efforts are to be part of a national campaign called the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign. The campaign starts later this week and will continue until Sept. 1. Thus, it will include Labor Day weekend. 

One hopes this campaign will help make the roads a safer place over the next few weeks and will make for a safer Labor Day weekend. Last year, here in Oklahoma, alcohol-related auto accidents over this holiday weekend claimed three lives and caused 43 people to get hurt.

When a person is injured due to a driver getting behind the wheel when drunk, one thing they should consider is contacting a personal injury attorney in a prompt manner. Such attorneys can work to preserve any legal and compensation rights the victim may have.

Source: KSWO, "Oklahoma officers crack down on impaired drivers," Aug. 12, 2014

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