February 09, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Drunk driving is an epidemic in our country. The Centers for Disease Control report that every day, nearly 30 people are killed in drunk driving crashes
in the U.S. By the end of 2012, there were 145 people killed in accidents in Washington that involved a driver with a blood alcohol content higher than the legal limit of .08 percent, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Those most at risk at being in an alcohol-related crash are younger drivers, motorcyclists and drivers with prior drunk driving convictions.
It's important for every driver to understand that the dangers of drinking and driving don't involve merely the risk of getting caught. Younger drivers especially may consider the risk a thrill, without thinking about the irreparable harm they can bring to other families. Even consuming small amounts of alcohol has an effect on driving: With a blood alcohol content of just .02 percent, drivers can experience a loss of judgment and difficulty performing more than one task at a time. By .08 percent - the legal limit in Washington - a person's judgment, reasoning and self-control are impaired enough to make driving dangerous. At a .15 percent BAC, a person experiences serious driving impairments.
Tragic accidents during New Year holiday may have been caused by drunk driving
The holiday season is one of the most dangerous times of the year for drunk driving accidents
. This past New Year's Eve saw many serious drunk driving crashes throughout the country. In the Seattle area, four men were killed and four other people injured in accidents that occurred during the early hours of New Year's Day, reported KOMO News. Police were still investigating whether alcohol had been involved in the multiple crashes, which included a pickup truck that had been driving at speeds between 60 and 100 miles per hour before it struck a tree, killing the driver.
No one is saying people shouldn't celebrate special occasions with friends and family; however, when alcohol is involved, it's important to take precautions that can keep others from getting hurt. These include:
- Designating a sober driver before going out.
- Taking away the keys of friends who have been drinking.
- Calling a cab or ride home instead of trying to drive.
- Being a smart host at parties, offering non-alcoholic beverages and ensuring guests don't drive home after drinking.
Additionally, studies have shown that sobriety checkpoints and community education programs reduce alcohol-related accidents in states that provide these services.
Contacting an attorney
Being involved in any car accident can be devastating, especially when the driver never should have been on the road. If you or a loved one has been affected by a drunk driver, an experienced personal injury can help.
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