Pennsylvania police recommended that drivers take their time, pay attention and not drink if they were going to be on the road during the busy Memorial Day weekend. AAA cited statistics that show about 31 million people usually drive over the long weekend. One law enforcement officer observed that they noticed a rise in car accidents during holiday weekends. Law enforcement officers want to keep people safe when increased traffic is on the roads. Additional bike and pedestrian officers provided more coverage to help keep the community safe.
Officers watched for drunk drivers or anyone involved in road rage. Air travel was projected to decrease by about 8 percent over the long weekend. Since gas costs fell lower than what they were in Feb. when prices peaked, drivers were more likely to hit the road. However, the price of car rentals is up almost 20 percent in the past four years. One manager of a rental car company said he thought the price increase meant more people would stay close to home.
Law enforcement also reminded people to buckle their seatbelts when traveling. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 86 percent of people remembered to buckle in 2012. However, they attributed 503 traffic fatalities to people who did not follow the basic safety procedure. Pennsylvania police planned to enforce zero tolerance for anyone who did not buckle up as they joined a national program appropriately entitled, “Click it or Ticket.”
As law enforcement steps up patrols and enforces the laws related to drinking and driving, people could face criminal charges. However, if they cause an accident when someone is injured or killed, they could be held civilly liable as well. A personal injury attorney might be able to help someone recover financial compensation after an accident.
Source: State College, “Memorial Day Holiday Getting Underway: Millions of People Hitting the Road, Police Will be Out in Force,” Cynthia Hill, May 24, 2013