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 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.
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.
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.
Drunk driving is an extremely reckless behavior that sadly isn't always an isolated incident in an offender's life. Accidents involving a drunk driver often result in serious or even fatal injuries for those caught up in the collision. Helping lower the recidivism rate for drunk driving is one way to help reduce DUI-related fatalities.