Perhaps you've been to a bar or restaurant in Pennsylvania and noticed a bartender or server refuse to provide a visibly intoxicated patron another drink. Not only was the bartender looking out for that individual's well being, he or she was complying with the state's dram shop laws.
In the coming weeks, tens of thousands of people will take to Pennsylvania roads for the final holiday of the summer. Labor Day weekend is a time where roads will be jammed with drivers trying to get to weekend destinations for one last summer hurrah.
A recent study released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration highlighted a staggering number that many drivers may take for granted. Essentially, researchers found that cost of auto accidents across the United States costs nearly $1 trillion per year when considering the costs of medical expenses, lost wages, property damage and decreased quality of life for those who suffer long term injuries.
The consequences of drinking and driving in Pennsylvania can be severe. This is true not only in terms of penalties faced by a person who is charged and convicted with a crime such as DUI, but of course in terms of the human cost of lives potentially lost or forever altered by the thoughtless actions of a drunk driver.
Though some people think of a "Kennedy" as someone who has it all, members of the Kennedy family have had their share of tragedy in the past. Former President Kennedy's niece Kerry Kennedy's recent run-in with the law is not at the tragic level of an assassination, but her impaired driving arrest certainly wasn't a glamorous moment.
When a serious accident takes place, it can be the natural tendency to assume the worst about the person who might have caused it. For example, if a victim is injured or killed in a drunk driving accident in Pennsylvania, one might guess that the drunk driver has a history of wrongdoing.
How do you feel about the safety of Pennsylvania roads? Could legislators enact stronger laws to reduce the number of traffic accidents in the state?
Finally, the holiday season is behind us. It is bittersweet. Of course, getting and giving gifts, having festive foods and having time off of work are just some of the wonderful aspects of the season. Then there is the dangerous situation of the holidays: unsafe Pennsylvania roads.
Most people's Thanksgiving turkeys are probably thawing, with the cooks prepping for a big day on Thursday. While cooks have their traditional concerns this holiday, safety officials and police have classic concerns of their own. Drunk driving accidents are on the list of concerns.
"There is an app for that," is a marketing slogan that is true for just about any situation. There are cellphone applications that can track budgets, help us lose weight, keep us from getting lost, etc. There are cellphone apps that can tell us whether we are too drunk to drive. What do you think about that idea?