The Ohio highway patrol has released a highlight reel of video taken during drunk or drugged driving stops over a period of 24 hours, in hopes that it will deter driving under the influence this holiday season.
Some scenes include a trooper placing a bong on the hood of a car while its owner yells "Oh, dude. Hey dude." One woman, in a parking lot at 1:00 a.m., claims to have had just one beer all night long, while another shows a trooper telling the occupant of a vehicle that he is going to execute a search because it reeks with the smell of marijuana.
Alcohol-related fatalities increase during the holiday season. A total of 8,439 people were arrested for drunk driving between the hours of midnight and 3 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays alone in the state of Ohio last year. These statistics are staggering.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident involving a drunk driver, it is a smart decision to consult with an experienced attorney before speaking with an insurance company. Allow an attorney to negotiate for you. This allows you time to heal, while knowing someone is looking out for your best interests. An insurance company will attempt to settle a drunk driving accident claim as soon as possible with a victim. If they can coerce the victim into signing a release for a small amount of money, it releases the company from any further liability. Since injuries sometimes do not show up for days, or even weeks after an accident, signing a premature liability release can prevent you from receiving adequate compensation to pay for medical treatment and time out of work.