In recent months, ALDOT has been in a fierce battle with Alabama legislators over whether ALDOT is sufficiently funded to keep Alabamans safe. While both sides have argued back and forth in this heated debate, multiple crashes in a Spanish Fort shopping plaza may be proving ALDOT’s point.
The first incident occurred on March 11th around midnight, when an intoxicated driver crashed outside of an Edward Jones Investment office. The driver was subsequently received a DUI charge.
The second incident happened on March 26th, when two people drove through a building in the shopping plaza and struck the Eastern Shore Internal Medicine Office. One of the passengers was deemed intoxicated at the time of the accident, but authorities are still investigating whether the driver was intoxicated at the time of the accident.
Either way, ALDOT believes preventative measures must be taken to prevent accidents like this from happening in the future. ALDOT officials are mulling the idea of installing safety barriers along Spanish Fort’s Highway 31 and 98 intersections as a result of these incidents.
Alabama DUI Accidents
These accidents serve as a sobering reminder that too many innocent Alabamans are regularly threatened by the negligence of drunk driving. In the most recent statistical year on record, drunk driving fatalities represented 30.5% of all traffic deaths in the state of Alabama. The taxpayer subsidy of drunk driving fatalities was more than $1.2 billion.
Nationally, the drunk driving epidemic is even more disturbing. According to the FBI, more than 300,000 people drive drunk each and every day, but only 3,200 of those drivers are arrested. A discrepancy of this nature points to the importance of properly funding Alabama road safety initiatives.
The physical and financial harms are too great to not take as many steps as possible to alleviate the risk of drunk driving accidents, injuries and fatalities. ALDOT will be doing a great service for Fort Spanish and Alabama if they have the resources and funding needed to install these safety barriers.
Drivers who continue to drive under the influence do so at the risk of incurring severe legal consequences. Victims of a DUI recover damages for their injuries when a drunk driver negligently causes harm. Recovering damages helps a DUI victim or surviving loved ones receive justice by holding drunk drivers accountable for their actions.
Noel B. Leonard litigates on behalf of DUI victims to ensure they receive punitive and compensatory damages for their injuries. With years of experience representing Alabamans injured by drunk drivers, he is the attorney you need to restore what was taken from you.
If you or a loved one is the victim of a negligent DUI accident in the city of Foley and/or Mobile, Baldwin and Escambia Counties, contact Noel B. Leonard or call (251) 943-8638 to discuss your case with an Alabama accident attorney who cares.