Texas leads the nation in terms of the number of DWI deaths
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2009, 1,253 people were killed in drunken driving accidents in Texas.
February 06, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Texas leads the nation in terms of the number of DWI deaths
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Two parents in Texas had recently sent their 19 year old daughter to a community college in New Mexico on a rodeo scholarship. It was just shortly before the girl's 20th birthday and after making multiple phone calls throughout the day, the parents could not get in touch with their daughter. One morning, they received a phone call to come and unlock the front gate to their property from an officer from the Department of Public Safety. KHOU.com says that when the parents and the officer got to the couple's home, he disclosed the news that their daughter had been killed by a drunk driver in a car accident.
A state average that's too high
Unfortunately, drunken driving accidents like this one are not uncommon. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2009, 1,253 people were killed in drunken driving accidents. These 1,253 deaths accounted for 40 percent of all the driving fatalities in Texas for the year. This is ten percent higher than the national average, which states that alcohol-related accidents account for 30 percent of fatalities in the nation.
According to KHOU.com, Texas also lead the nation in 2011 for alcohol-impaired driving fatalities where the accident involved a driver with a blood alcohol content level at or above 0.08. Although it is legal for drivers to operate a vehicle with a BAC level below 0.08, even just a trace of alcohol can affect a driver's ability to drive safely.
In 2011, researchers at the University of California San Diego discovered that while driving with a BAC level of 0.08 is both illegal and dangerous, even just driving with a 0.01 BAC level increases the chances of serious injuries and fatalities for drivers. For most adults, reaching this BAC level is the equivalent of drinking half a beer.
Help your friends make the right choice
If you are throwing a social event or party, help your guests avoid the dangers of drinking and driving by:
-Remembering that beer and wine can be just as intoxicating as hard liquor.
-Not relying on coffee to help your guests sober up at the end of the night. This does not work as only the passage of time to allow your body to process alcohol will reduce the amount of alcohol in your blood stream.
-Avoid serving too many snacks that are salty, as these will cause your guests to drink more.
-Having the number of a taxi service available for your friends that need a ride at the end of the night.
-If you notice an intoxicated guest, stop serving them and attempt to prevent them from driving.
However, not everyone understands the dangers of drinking and driving or even tries to prevent it. If you were injured in an accident that involved a drunk driver, contact an attorney in your area to discuss your legal rights.
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