West Virginia law enforcement is making a direct effort to reduce the number of fatal car wrecks in the state. This is being done through targeted patrols on holidays and other high-traffic days and during times when traffic is especially heavy. Statistics indicate that these specific patrols have likely had a direct impact on reducing the number of fatal car wrecks across the state.
These patrols are funded through specific grants and allow authorities to address specific issues, while also allowing state troopers to work additional hours. They may specifically target drunk driving, speed enforcement in school or construction zones, or distracted driving and seat belt enforcement. In 2012, there were 339 fatalities directly related to car accidents. In 2014, there were almost 70fewer fatalities. It is thought that increased vigilance from law enforcement has played a role in the increased safety of West Virginia roadways.
The targeted approach to these patrols is directly related to some of the greatest risks facing motorists. Drunk driving and distracted driving cause a significant number of accidents and can have deadly consequences. Despite the reduction in fatal accidents, there are still many families left grieving after their loved ones were killed because of the irresponsible actions of other drivers.
While improvements to safety are important, families of those who have been killed in fatal car wrecks still have legal options. When negligence or reckless behavior hurts another person, a driver may be held financially liable for the resulting damages and emotional suffering. When a family is left picking up the pieces after a car accident, it may be beneficial to reach out for legal counsel to better understand possible options.
Source: wvnstv.com, "Targeted patrols help reduce fatal accidents in WV", Feb. 6, 2015