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Florida one of the highest in the nation for drunk driving deaths

Those most at risk of being in an alcohol-related crash include motorcyclists and drivers with prior drunk driving convictions, but young people top this list.
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    February 08, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Florida has one of the worst drunk driving fatality rates in the country. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 697 people were killed in Florida in 2012 in accidents that involved drivers with a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or higher - a number that was near the top in the list of drunk driving accidents by state. The Centers for Disease Control say that every day in the U.S., about 30 people are killed in drunk driving accidents.

Young people among the most at risk

Those most at risk of being in an alcohol-related crash include motorcyclists and drivers with prior drunk driving convictions, but young people top this list. Younger drivers have less experience than people who have had their licenses for many years, and are less able to recognize hazards and to make quick, life-saving judgments in an emergency. These risks are increased when alcohol is involved. Younger drivers can also be more influenced by their peers, and many people can experience inhibited common sense after having a few drinks. While nobody intends to cause a fatal car accident, they may not realize how serious the danger is.

With just a .02 percent blood alcohol content, people can experience a loss in judgment and ability to multitask - inhibitions that can be life-threatening. At .08 percent - the legal limit in Florida - a driver's ability to concentrate and exercise self-control is impaired enough to be seriously dangerous. What started as a fun night on the town can quickly turn to tragedy.

This point was illustrated by a crash that occurred in downtown Miami last August, as reported by NBC Miami. A 22-year-old woman crashed her car into a pickup truck, killing her passenger and briefly hospitalizing the pickup driver. The woman was charged with one count of DUI manslaughter and two counts of driving under the influence causing serious bodily harm.

Naturally, people want to be able to have a good time with friends, without hurting anyone else. Some points to consider about smart drinking choices include:
- Not letting friends drive drunk.
- Choosing a sober friend to drive before going out.
- Calling a family member, friend or cab for a ride home if a sober driver isn't available.
- Being a smart host by offering non-alcoholic drinks as an option, and making sure intoxicated guests don't drive themselves home.

When drunk driving laws are respected and wise choices are made, it's possible to enjoy an evening out and make it home without hurting someone or getting arrested.

Contacting an attorney

It's not always possible to avoid being in an accident caused by someone else. If you or a family member has been hurt by a drunk driver, it's important to understand your rights. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney for information about the compensation of your medical expenses and other losses.

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