Every day, hundreds of lives are affected by drivers who make the mistake of getting behind the wheel drunk. While some lives are taken in the accidents these negligent motorists cause, others who survive are forced to live out their remaining years suffering both physically and psychologically as a result of the injuries they sustained. Now, because the holidays tend to be a time when most individuals let loose and don’t think twice about driving while intoxicated, it is important that we begin spreading the message now that it is never okay to drink and drive.
Not only is the U.S. Department of Transportation recognizing the month of December as a time to shed light on the issue of drunk driving, but the President of the U.S., Donald Trump, is also putting forth the effort to remind drivers of the dangers associated with driving drunk and why it should be avoided at all costs [Source: The White House]. On November 30th, President Trump issued a news release saying that “in 2017, more than 10,000 people died in alcohol-related crashes in the United States, accounting for 29 percent of all traffic fatalities.” He went on to say that “drunk or drugged drivers experience diminished judgement and decreased motor coordination and reaction time, putting at grave risk passengers, pedestrians, and other drivers.”
With the US DOT and the President himself acknowledging how serious drunk driving is, perhaps you too can spread the message and begin informing your family and friends of the dangers associated with engaging in this type of behavior as well. While many don’t see the real risk, especially when they have made it home in one piece before after driving home drunk, the reality is, you can’t predict when an auto accident is going to occur. Therefore, in an effort to help you encourage others to drive sober this holiday season, below we share some shocking facts that might help at least one person think twice before they get behind the wheel of their vehicle drunk or allow one of their friends or family members to do so.
- In 2016, “there was an alcohol-impaired traffic fatality every 50 minutes.”
- During that same year, “1,017,808 drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.”
- In 2016, there were a total of 37,361 traffic fatalities recorded as a result of an alcohol-impaired crash.
[Source: Insurance Information Institute].
- When an individual chooses to drive drunk, they put themselves at risk of being arrested for DUI. “On average, a DUI can set you back $10,000 in attorney fees, fines, court costs, lost time at work, higher insurance rates, car towing and repairs, and more” [Source: US DOT].
- Marijuana users are about 25% more likely to engage in a crash than drivers with no evidence of marijuana use, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The reality is, you never know who might be traveling in the vehicle next to you when you choose to drive drunk. It could be a family with small children headed home to have Christmas dinner together or it could be a pregnant wife running to the store to grab that one last item she needs for the holiday to be perfect. It could even be parents of a new-born child traveling with their baby on their way to a relative’s home for New Year’s Eve. The fact is, you just never know, and the risk associated with driving drunk simply isn’t worth it.
Therefore, if you are ever faced with the decision to drive drunk or make alternate plans on how you will get home, go with the second option as it is the best and safest one available. In the event you see someone you know with keys in their hands ready to drive themselves home drunk, consider taking the keys away to prevent them from getting behind the wheel of their vehicle.
Now, if you have been involved in an auto accident in Alexandria, LA with a negligent driver who chose to drive drunk and you or your passengers suffered injuries, let Alexandria, LA personal injury attorney Davey Jones help you with your case. The Jones Law Firm understands the devastating effects a drunk driving accident can have on one person, let alone an entire family which is why we are here to provide you with the help and support you need during this time. Our office can also assist you with recovering the maximum amount of compensation you might need to cover any unexpected expenses such as medical bills so that you aren’t forced to pay them yourself.
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