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North Carolina Gets $3.7 Million to Help in Fight Against Drunk Driving

It can hardly be disputed that North Carolina roads are plagued with drivers who just shouldn't be there. For example, distracted drivers - whether they are distracted by texting, emailing, eating or just talking on the phone - cause motor vehicle accidents every day. However, another type of dangerous driver also traverses North Carolina roads, namely drunk drivers.

Recently, a $3.7 million grant was given by the Department of Transportation to the North Carolina Governor's Highway Safety Program - a program that officials say will fight drunk driving by creating and enforcing various initiatives that will deter, and hopefully prevent, impaired driving.

According to numbers reported by WSOCTV, there were more than 8,500 people injured in alcohol-impaired car accidents in North Carolina in 2011. Of these, 392 of the crashes involved fatalities, according to officials.

When announcing the multi-million dollar grant, U.S. Senator Kay Hagan stated, "It is unacceptable that thousands of North Carolinians are injured or killed each year by drunk drivers." Hagan continued, "I'm pleased to announce this grant that will help make North Carolina's roads safer for our children, our families and our loved ones."

Hopefully Senator Hagan's expectations will be realized and North Carolina roads will in fact become safer as a result of this DOT grant.

Source: WSOCTV, "$3.7M grant to be used to combat impaired driving in N.C.," September 28, 2012

Our firm often handles situations in which motorists are injured by drunk drivers. If you would like to learn more about our personal injury practice, please visit our North Carolina Drunk Driving Accidents page.

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