SC, NC, GA Take Part in “Hands Across the Border” Traffic Safety Campaign for Labor Day
An estimated 1.5 million people will travel through the Carolinas this Labor Day weekend, according to AAA Carolinas. About 90% of those traveling will be driving, which means traffic safety becomes very important for end-of-summer celebrations.
South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia have teamed up for Hands Across the Border, a multistate and multiagency traffic safety campaign that will crack down on intoxicated and distracted driving during the holiday weekend.
The traffic safety campaign includes increased police coverage, which began on Tuesday evening, August 26th. On that night, 96 police officers from 20 agencies patrolled the streets to improve traffic safety as residents begin celebrating Labor Day and the end of summer.
Traffic safety checkpoints will be set up along state boundaries so officers can check for drunk drivers, drivers with suspended licenses, reckless drivers, and distracted drivers. The checkpoints will remain in place through Labor Day, September 1st.
The Hands Across the Border traffic safety campaign not only catches drunk and distracted drivers, but has a history of catching fugitives, drug offenders, improperly-secured children in car seats, and drivers with outstanding warrants.
AAA Offers the Following Defensive Driving Tips to Avoid a SC auto accident
- Manage your time, visibility and space on the road. Leave three to four seconds of following distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.
- Reduce blind spots: adjust your side mirrors so you can no longer see the side of your car. Although it may seem awkward, it nearly eliminates blind spots in most vehicles.
- Avoid internal and external distractions while operating your vehicle. Pay attention to the road in front of you and vehicles around you as opposed to the radio, other passengers, mobile devices or activity on the side of the road. Avoid eating, grooming, or applying makeup while behind the wheel.
- Do not drive drowsy. Get a full nights rest before any long trips and if you feel yourself nodding off, pull into a rest area or service station and move around to wake your body up before continuing down the road. Alcohol affects your judgment, reaction time and motor skills. It is never safe to drive after consuming alcohol.
- Do not text and drive.
- Don’t drink and drive. Alcohol affects everyone differently and its impact can change significantly when mixed with medications. Consult your pharmacist for information on driving safely with all prescription and over-the-counter medications
The Strom Law Firm Can Help with Personal Injury Cases from Traffic Safety Accidents
Whether the distraction is eating, putting on makeup, talking on a cellphone, or even just daydreaming, distracted driving can lead to an accident, causing serious personal injury or even death. If you have been injured by an accident caused by traffic safety violations such as drunk or distracted driving, the South Carolina accident attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, L.L.C. will fight for fair compensation for your injuries. Our South Carolina car accident lawyers are prepared to fight for compensation in the courtroom and will defend your right to compensation for your past and future medical bills, lost wages and future earnings, your pain and suffering, and, in the event of a fatal car accident, even wrongful death. Contact us today for a free consultation. 803.252.4800.