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Don't Drink and Drive on Fourth of July Weekend, Washington, D.C., Attorney Warns
Date:7/4/2010

A time of celebration can turn into a time of tragedy if people drive while impaired by alcohol, according to Washington, D.C., personal injury attorney Mike Abelson.

Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) July 4, 2010 -- There is no place like our nation’s capital to celebrate the Fourth of July, Washington attorney Mike Abelson says. But on the holiday day designated to celebrate the freedoms we all hold dear, don’t let drinking and driving cost you your freedom.

“Enjoy the fireworks and liberties we have as Americans on our nation’s birthday, but don’t drink and drive,” says Abelson, a Washington, D.C. personal injury lawyer and founder of the Abelson Law Firm, with offices in the District of Columbia and the Maryland cities of Baltimore and Frederick. “If you choose to drink alcohol, have a designated driver or take a cab.”

During the July 4th holiday period in 2008, nearly 500 Americans died in traffic-related fatalities, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Of that number, 43 percent involved a driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher.

While tougher laws and stricter enforcement have reduced alcohol-related deaths in the last two decades, drunken driving remains one of the nation’s deadliest problems. Nearly 12,000 people died in traffic accidents in which at least one driver or motorcycle rider was legally impaired in 2008, according to federal statistics. The District of Columbia had 9 alcohol-related traffic fatalities in 2008, while Maryland had 152, according to the National
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