Study reveals frequency of drunk driving across the country
A recent study showed that over 4 million adults admit to driving drunk during the past month.
Every time you get behind the wheel, you have to rely on other people to make responsible choices to ensure you are safe on the road. Sadly, a new study has shown that many people make reckless decisions when it comes to driving while intoxicated every day.
The researchers found over 4 million adults in the United States drove drunk on at least one occasion during the last month. In all, that would account for approximately 121 million instances of drunk driving every year in the U.S.
The study also determined that men account for around 80 percent of all drunk drivers across the country. In fact, the so-called typical drunk driver is a man between the ages of 21 and 34. That demographic accounts for about 33 percent of all cases of intoxicated driving in the country.
Connecticut considered one of the toughest states on drunk drivers
While these statistics are alarming, residents of Connecticut may be heartened to know that the laws in our state are particularly severe for those who choose to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol.
Last year, strict laws relating to ignition interlock devices were passed in Connecticut, requiring first-time drunk drivers who enter a diversion program to also install the interlock device in their vehicle. Consequently, Mothers Against Drunk Driving suspects that the number of people killed in drunk driving crashes in Connecticut will begin to decrease.
Nevertheless, drunk driving crashes lead to a high number of fatalities in Connecticut every year. Last year, 114 people lost their lives in drunk driving collisions in the state, according to MADD. Those fatalities accounted for over 41 percent of all traffic fatalities in Connecticut – a 14 percent rise from the year prior.
These statistics are worse than the national average, where drunk drivers cause almost one-third of all traffic fatalities, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Talk to a personal injury attorney after a drunk driving crash
When a negligent, intoxicated driver causes a motor vehicle accident, the consequences can be horrific. The expenses associated with property damage and injuries suffered in the collision can be significant.
If you or someone you love has been hurt in an auto accident caused by a drunk driver, you should take prompt action to protect your interests. Consider seeking the counsel of a skilled personal injury attorney, who will work diligently on your behalf to ensure your rights are safeguarded.