Indiana Drunk Driving Accident

Preventing Drunk Driving Was a Team Effort in Indiana This New Year’s Eve

by Staff | January 2nd, 2015

Too often, New Year’s Eve correlates with an increase in Indiana drunk driving accidents. Data from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism says that two to three times as many motorists are killed on the holiday as compared to any other day in December, with 40 percent of those traffic fatalities listing alcohol as a contributing factor.

In an effort to keep the number of Indiana drunk driving accidents from inflating this year, several organizations took action to keep drunk drivers off of the road. Two groups in particular who worked toward this goal were Indiana law enforcement officials and our Terre Haute car accident attorneys at Fleschner, Stark Tanoos & Newlin.

WLFI 18 News says Indiana troopers, deputies, and officers conducted sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols throughout New Year’s Eve to ensure motorists were operating vehicles in a safe manner.

Our lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin also helped keep drunk drivers off the road by once again sponsoring the Safe and Sober cab ride home program. The campaign provides free cab rides home on New Year’s Eve to those who have had too much to drink.

Our law firm is dedicated to helping those who are in need, and we encourage you to check out some of the other ways we lend a helping had throughout the cities we serve by taking a look at some of the other community events and programs in which we participate.

 

Campaign Aims to Protect Motorists From Indiana Drunk Driving Accidents

by Staff | August 6th, 2014

Drunk driving is an epidemic that affects everyone who uses Indiana’s roads. Data indicates there were a total of 114 Indiana drunk driving accident fatalities last year alone.

To help curb the number of drunk driving incidents involving Hoosiers, law enforcement agencies will be taking part in a traffic safety blitz later this week. Beginning on Friday, August 8, the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office will partner with the Purdue, Lafayette, and West Lafayette Police Departments to conduct this year’s Blitz 80 as part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.

WLFI 8 News reports the operation will work by establishing both sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols along roads and highways in the area. Officers and deputies will then stop motorists who may be breaking alcohol impairment laws. The funds needed to supply manpower for the campaign are coming from a grant from the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.

The aim of the campaign is to stop motorists from getting behind the wheel while intoxicated and instead choose alternative methods of transportation, such as cabs or ride sharing services.

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, our Indiana personal injury lawyers know the serious ramifications drunk driving can have and ask citizens to do their part to keep our roadways safe by not drinking and driving.

5 Rules to Keep Your Teen Driver Safe This Prom Season

by Staff | April 30th, 2014

Prom night is often one of the most memorable times of a young person’s life. But these memories can turn into nightmares for local teens and their families when Indiana drunk driving accidents happen.

Studies show that prom season correlates with a rise in the number of drunk driving accidents that involve teenagers, which is why juniors and seniors at Sullivan High School participated in a mock crash scene on Friday.

According to WTHITV 10 News, the mock crash involved three vehicles and 13 victims. The scenario involved one vehicle on its way to prom with a driver who was texting. Another vehicle, operated by a drunk driver on their way to the prom, caused a collision with a third car, which the distracted driver then struck. Half of those involved did not survive the crash, showing students just how quickly life can be snatched away because of poor decisions behind the wheel.

The event leaves many parents wondering what else they can do to keep their teen drivers safe on prom night. The Terre Haute personal injury lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain that talking to your young driver about the dangers of the road is one of the best precautions that can be taken. It may also help to establish a set of rules of the road for a teen that should include:

  1. Always buckling up.
  2. Always obeying the speed limit.
  3. Never texting and driving.
  4. Never carrying too many passengers.
  5. Never driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.