It’s always good to see organizations taking part in helping keep our roads and highways safe. At the end of this past December, a Connecticut news agency reported that AAA (Automobile Association of America) was providing intoxicated New Year’s revelers with free rides home.
For years accident lawyers in Philadelphia have been speaking out against drunk or otherwise impaired driving. We see first hand how devastating drunk driving accidents can be, and we wish we knew the magic formula to keep them from ever happening. It looks like AAA is heading in the right direction.
The news reported that AAA organized the free ride program and worked in partnership with Roncari Express Valet Parking and AmRide in what it called the “Arrive Safe” program. An attractive element of the program was that partiers were driven to their homes by professional drivers.
As experienced accident lawyers in Philadelphia, we know this is a good deal. It’s better than relying on a designated driver, because even those individuals have been known to sometimes drink too much. It’s better than a taxi, because there’s no charge for trips 10 miles or less and just $2.50 a mile beyond that.
Service in the Arrive Safe program was available to any driver who believed he or she needed it from 10 p.m. New Year’s Eve to 3 a.m. the next morning.
Our accident lawyers in Philadelphia are always ready to represent individuals who have been injured by a drunk or impaired driver, but we are strongly in favor of any effort on anyone’s part to reduce these horrible events.
And you would think that with the stiff drunk driving laws in Pennsylvania, people would think twice before getting behind the wheel in an impaired state. A first offense conviction carries a fine of up to $300, with a third offense up to $5,000. Jail time for a third offense can be up to two years including a 12-month license suspension.
But that could be just the start. If you injure or kill someone while driving drunk, the penalties – material, financial and emotional – can be horrific. An accident lawyer in Philadelphia will fight vigilantly for clients who have been injured by a drunk driver and for the families of those killed by the same.
We’d like to applaud AAA for helping make our streets safer and remind you that an experienced accident lawyer in Philadelphia is always available for legal consultation if you’ve sustained any type of injury through no fault of your own. We’re here to help you!