Don’t Drink and Drive on Fourth of July Weekend, Washington, D.C., Attorney
A time of celebration can turn into a time of tragedy if people drive while impaired by alcohol,
according to Washington, D.C., personal injury attorney Mike Abelson.
Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) July 4, 2010 -- There is no place like our nation’s capital to celebrate the Fourth of
July, Washington attorney Mike Abelson says. But on the holiday day designated to celebrate the freedoms we all
hold dear, don’t let drinking and driving cost you your freedom.
“Enjoy the fireworks and liberties we have as Americans on our nation’s birthday, but don’t drink and drive,”
says Abelson, a Washington, D.C. personal injury lawyer and founder of the Abelson Law Firm, with offices in
the District of Columbia and the Maryland cities of Baltimore and Frederick. “If you choose to drink alcohol,
have a designated driver or take a cab.”
During the July 4th holiday period in 2008, nearly 500 Americans died in traffic-related fatalities, according to
the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Of that number, 43 percent involved a driver or motorcycle
rider with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher.
While tougher laws and stricter enforcement have reduced alcohol-related deaths in the last two decades, drunken
driving remains one of the nation’s deadliest problems. Nearly 12,000 people died in traffic accidents in which at
least one driver or motorcycle rider was legally impaired in 2008, according to federal statistics. The District of
Columbia had 9 alcohol-related traffic fatalities in 2008, while Maryland had 152, according to the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
“These lives were tragically lost because someone made a terrible decision to drink and drive,” Abelson said.
“Unfortunately, many people still choose to mix holiday celebrations with drinking and driving. But the
consequences can be serious: lost lives and jail time for drunk drivers. Expect D.C. police to be on the lookout
for drunken drivers on the