Much as you would like to believe you will never encounter a problem involving a drunk driver, statistics cited by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) indicate that someone is injured by a drunk driver every two minutes in our country. Even more astonishing is the fact that as much as one-third of all incidents, including crashes, deaths and injuries, are caused by repeat offenders. Learning more about how alcohol affects driving skills will help you recognize a possible drunk driver who may be on the road with you.
Ohio residents are likely aware that police often use breath testing equipment to determine whether or not a motorist is impaired. However, they may not realize how even a seemingly low blood alcohol content can make a person less fit to drive. A 12 ounce beer has about the same alcohol content as a shot of liquor or a glass of wine, and any of these drinks can raise the blood alcohol level of a 200-pound man by .02 percent and a 100 pound woman by .04 percent. Drivers cross the threshold of intoxication when their blood alcohol levels reach .08 percent.
Ohio residents may be interested in a new study claiming that rideshare services like Uber may help reduce the rate of drunk driving fatalities occurring in the U.S. Temple University researchers examined California data from 2009 through 2014 and discovered that Uber's entry into new markets resulted in a decline of traffic fatalities attributable to motorists driving under the influence. Researchers found that the Uber X service resulted in a 3.6 to 5.6 percent decline in fatalities caused by alcohol-related accidents.
New technology that was unveiled by the Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on June 4 could reduce the number of drunk driving accidents in Ohio and around the country. Along with the NHTSA, several automakers showed off the new alcohol detection system at an event in Washington, D.C.
Ohio residents may be interested to learn that a new study shows increasing state alcohol taxes could prevent thousands of drunk driving fatalities each year. The research was published online in the American Journal of Public Health.
People in Massachusetts who drive on the highways and city streets, could find some statistics interesting regarding distracted driving in the U.S. According to the CDC, distracted driving and impaired driving are ever-increasing problems nationwide. U.S. vehicle accidents that involve an impaired driver take the lives of almost 30 people per day, which means that there is an alcohol-related accident every 51 minutes.
Ohio residents may not be overly surprised to learn that alcohol consumption or drug use contributes to almost a third of all traffic fatalities in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 10,322 people lost their lives in accidents involving an intoxicated driver in 2012. It is estimated that these accidents cost the economy $59 billion annually.
An accident involving one vehicle reportedly injured two people in Greene County on Sept. 9. Police think alcohol may have played a role in the crash. Medics and law enforcement responded to the site around 11 p.m. after receiving word of a rollover accident. Authorities conducted a preliminary investigation and believe that the vehicle went off the right side and then the left side of the roadway before rolling.
One person was killed in a two-vehicle accident that occurred on June 20 about 60 miles south of Cleveland, Ohio near Canton. The incident happened close to the Fohl Street SW exit of Interstate 77 at approximately 5:25 a.m. According to investigators, a 20-year-old motorist lost control of a 2003 Dodge Caravan while traveling in the northbound lanes, crossed the median and struck a 2004 Dodge pickup truck head-on. The 28-year-old pickup driver was transported to Aultman Hospital, but succumbed to his injuries shortly after arriving.
It is not always the case that another driver is the victim in a drunk driving accident. For example, reckless drivers leave the roads at times, hitting homes, businesses and pedestrians.