Virginia Beach Accident Attorney Report – Navy Tightens up Rules on Alcohol

By John Cooper, Virginia Beach DUI Injury Attorney

The Navy is bringing in new rules intended to curb the use of alcohol and prohibited drugs in a move that could help make the roads of cities such as Norfolk and Virginia Beach, VA safer places.

A wide-ranging health and safety initiative was announced in March, 2012 by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, the Virginian-Pilot reported.

See this Wall Street Journal video about the initiative.

 

Mabus highlighted alcohol abuse as one of the most significant issues facing the Navy. This year Breathalyzers will be installed on every ship so as personnel can be tested when they come to work in the morning.

As an experienced Virginia Beach auto accident attorney, I welcome measures to curb alcohol abuse in the Navy.

Norfolk Naval Base is the largest in the world. There are more than 100,000 Navy and Marine Corps personnel stationed in the Hampton Roads, VA area. Inevitably problems with alcohol will spill over onto the highways of cities such as Norfolk, Chesapeake and Virginia Beach, VA.

In 2009 our DUI accident attorneys reported on the case of Richard B. Freeman, a 24-year-old sailor who was arrested on DUI charges from a fatal single car accident that killed two passengers: Cameron Richardson of Chesapeake and Lauren Kok of Staten Island, NY.
In Virginia, you can receive punitive damages as well as compensatory damages if the other person was grossly negligent.  Grossly negligent behavior can include driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

In December 2011, a soldier from Fort Eustis in Newport News was accused of causing the deaths of two Christopher Newport University students while driving the wrong way on the I-64 under the influence of alcohol.
Drunk driving remains a serious problem in cities such as Virginia Beach, VA. Recently our Virginia Beach drunk driving injury lawyers reported on how a woman was charged with a DUI after a police officer was hurt in a crash in Virginia Beach.

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