Did you have a nice Memorial Day weekend? Was it filled with hamburgers, laughs, family and friends?
The job of law enforcement is often difficult, lonely and sometimes even dangerous. It means time spent away from family and loved ones, dealing with members of the public who are not following the laws of our state. When it comes to traffic laws, these regulations are meant to protect the safety of everyone who is on the road. If someone chooses to ignore a traffic law, it puts their life in danger and increases the risks of vehicle accidents for us all. It also affects the passengers in their vehicle, other motorists on the road, and the police officer who may try to correct the situation.
Going Above and Beyond
In spite of these risks, the officers of the Tucson AZ police department conducted special activities aimed at impaired driving enforcement over the Memorial Day holiday. While we were all having fun and relaxing, our Tucson police officers worked to increase awareness of the dangers of impaired driving and to remove those who were suspected of driving under the influence from continuing to endanger themselves and others.
This was just one of fourteen designated weekend DUI deployments that will be held during 2017. The Tucson Police Department strongly encourages citizens not to drive while they are under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or prescription medications, for the protection of everyone on the road. They recommend the use of a designated driver, ride-sharing service, or taxi to avoid putting lives at risk.
Another concern that police have about vehicle safety is the proper use of seat belts and child safety seats. They also engaged in high-visibility traffic enforcement in this area over the Memorial Day weekend. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, seat belt use is one of the most effective ways to save lives and reduce injuries in crashes. Many drivers and passengers put themselves at risk by opting not to wear a seat belt, or by wearing one incorrectly, but these are very dangerous decisions.
The NHTSA also reported that more than half of the teens and adults aged 20-44 years who died in crashes in 2015 were unrestrained at the time of the crash. These figures are staggering and heart-wrenching for the families of those who are injured or killed. Police stepped up their enforcement efforts because they believe that buckling up is one of the most easily implemented forms of injury protection.
Police Lives at Risk, Too
There is danger involved every time a traffic safety officer makes a vehicle stop or gets out of the police vehicle. In 2015 there were 52 officers who lost their lives in traffic related accidents. They were trying to protect the lives of everyone on the roads, and were never able to go back to their own families.
With the 4th of July and busy summer travel season upon us, they are sure to be out there protecting us again. If you should have an incident with one of our professional law enforcement officers, our advice is to let the officer do his or her duty, and let us handle your legal matters in court.
If you or someone you care about has been injured in the Tucson-area road in an auto accident, you are encouraged to seek legal representation. An attorney who specializes in personal injury cases can help determine the role negligence may have played and where financial responsibility for injuries and compensatory damages may lie. Don’t wait, however. Contact an attorney as soon as possible after any vehicle accident including trucks, cars, motorcycles and even bicycles. Call today.