Drunk-Driving Deaths Each Year
Although you don’t need to read statistics to know that drunk-driving is responsible for many fatal automobile accidents, you may be surprised to know just how serious the situation really is in the United States. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Traffic Safety Facts, 31 percent of all automobile accidents that involved a fatality were caused by a drunk driver with a blood alcohol content of .08% or higher. This is the legal limit in all 50 states. This 2010 report also indicated that over 10,000 people were killed in an alcohol-related automobile accident.
Factors That Increase Your Chances Of Being Involved In A Drunk-Driving-Related Automobile Accident
It’s probably no surprise that more automobile accidents occur at night. After all, it’s more difficult to see and react to dangerous situations that may arise. When you add alcohol into the mix, you are four times more likely to be involved in a drunk-driving-related accident if you drive at night. In fact, in 2010, the NHTSA found that 37 percent of all alcohol-related accidents occurred at night. The NHTSA also found that about one-third of all fatal, alcohol-related car accidents occurred during the weekend. This is when many people go to bars or parties to unwind from the work week and celebrate with friends.
How Your State Stacks Up
Due to advocacy groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving, all states have continued to enact tougher drunk-driving laws and penalties. While it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content of .08% or more in every state, each jurisdiction has its own set of DUI laws and consequences. Some states are tougher on DUI offenders than others but all states still report hundreds, if not thousands, of alcohol-related automobile accidents that involved a fatality. For instance, in 2010, the state of Texas had nearly 3,000 fatalities due to alcohol-related car accidents. California came in at a close second, reporting just over 2700 fatalities.
The sad truth is that all of these deaths were 100% avoidable. Drinking and driving is a choice, not an accident. By planning ahead and relying on a designated driver or public transportation, you can avoid being involved in a tragic automobile accident.
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