Traffic Related Deaths: Drunk Drivers a Threat to All Citizens
In 2007, there were 41,059 deaths on the nation’s highways, and 12,998 of those deaths were caused by drunk drivers. To break those large numbers down into a more manageable amount, note that of the 1,100 traffic-related deaths in the state of Alabama, 389 of those were related to drunk driving. It is clear that by reducing the number of drunk drivers, our country could greatly reduce the number of traffic related deaths across the nation.
Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, or MADD, is dedicated to making American highways safer. MADD reports that in 2007, the annual cost of alcohol-related crashes on highways was $114.4 billion nationwide. The organization also states that, according to U.S. Department of Transportation data, traveling families across the country share the highway with about 2 million drunk drivers who have three or more DUI convictions. Further, of those drunk drivers, 400,000 have five or more convictions. The danger posed by drunk drivers is real and present for all drivers on American highways, regardless of where they are located.
A recent survey ranks states based on their percentage of total traffic deaths involving a drunk driver. These rankings are objective and come from published federal data. According to the report, North Dakota had the highest percentage of drunk-driving related incidents, narrowly edging out South Carolina. Utah was the state with the lowest percentage, followed by Iowa and Kentucky. For additional information about how you can legally proceed if you are the victim of a drunk driver, please contact the attorneys at The Cartwright Law Firm.