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Putting Drunk Driving Statistics in Perspective
Posted on October 16, 2014
Oklahoma residents are among those affected by approximately 4 million adults who drive under the influence in the United States each year. In 2010, this resulted in as many as 112 million episodes of impaired driving with men being responsible for four out of five incidents. More than 13,000 fatalities occurred because of drunk driving during that year. While the high number of incidents is a serious concern, statistics indicate that a combination of enforcement activities and awareness campaigns may be making a positive difference.
In the nearly 20-year span between 1990 and 2009, the percentage of fatalities related to alcohol use and driving decreased. A .08 blood alcohol content has become the standard legal limit for evaluating impairment in DUI and DWI cases throughout the nation. More than 1.4 million DUI arrests were recorded in 2010.
Alcohol was involved in almost half of pedestrian fatalities. However, the rate of drivers being impaired in such instances was significantly less than that of pedestrians being impaired. Pedestrians tend to be more vulnerable in an accident. In incidents resulting in the death of the occupant of a motor vehicle, almost 30 percent were alcohol-related.
An individual injured because of another person’s impaired driving may find that the experience becomes a motivation to get involved in awareness campaigns. In dealing with the pain, suffering, medical costs and other consequences of a serious injury in a DUI incident, it may be helpful to consider personal injury litigation. A family dealing with the loss of a loved one because of a DUI accident might pursue a wrongful death action against the responsible driver with the assistance of a personal injury attorney.
Source: United States Department of Transportation, “Drunk Driving by the Numbers“, Matthew Chambers, Mindy Liu, and Chip Moore, October 10, 2014
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