As reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 9,158 fatal traffic crashes and 10,076 people killed in the U.S. in 2013 as a result of alcohol-impaired driving. In Virginia alone, 253 people died and 5,288 were injured in alcohol-related crashes, according to the Highway Safety Office’s 2013 Virginia Traffic Crash Facts. Statewide in 2013, 20,973 people were tested with blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or higher,
Based on Virginia statistics, drunk driving was a contributing factor in more than 34% of the state’s traffic fatalities in 2013. Although alcohol-related fatalities decreased slightly nationwide from 2012 to 2013, overall traffic fatalities also decreased slightly and drunk driving remained a leading cause of traffic deaths, accounting for 31% of U.S. traffic fatalities in 2013.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the national cost of alcohol-related traffic accidents is more than $59 billion per year.
NHTSA recently released a fact sheet based on a drug and alcohol crash risk study conducted in Virginia Beach, Virginia over a 20-month period. Researchers collected data from more than 3,000 drivers who were involved in automobile accidents, and as a comparison, from more than 6,000 drivers who were not involved in accidents.
The study concluded that drivers who breath-tested at the legal BAC limit of .08% were approximately 4 times more likely to be involved in a motor vehicle accident than sober drivers. Drivers with a higher BAC of .15% were determined to be 12 times more likely to crash than sober drivers. The study also concluded that marijuana users were approximately 25 times more likely to crash than non-users.
Mothers against Drunk Drivers (MADD) reports the following alarming facts concerning drunk driving in the U.S.:
Driving under the influence of alcohol is against the law, and drunk drivers who cause accidents will likely face criminal penalties. That does not cover your medical expenses or lost wages, however, if you have been injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver.
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