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How Often Do Drunk Driving Accidents Occur?

We all know that drunk driving accidents are a problem on the road. There are so many individuals who feel that they can drive regardless of how much they have had to drink. Unfortunately when they do, they put others at risk of serious harm.

Drinking impairs individuals motor function and decision making abilities, so it’s easy to see how serious these situations are. But how often do they happen? We have the answer and it’s simply far too often to be tolerated.

Stats You Should Know

Drunk driving is dangerous for all involved. It’s important to know ways to prevent this from happening in the future to help protect individuals from the potential harm involved. Understanding how often they happen could be helpful.

  • According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2014, there were 111 million episodes of self-reported alcohol-impaired driving. The year prior, there were 121 million episodes throughout the United States.
  • The CDC also reports that 29 people are killed each day as a result of drunk driving accidents. This means that one death occurs every 50 minutes.
  • In 2016, there were more than 1 million drivers arrested for either driving while intoxicated or under the influence of narcotics. This is just one percent of the total number of self-reported drunk driving episodes.

There needs to be more awareness to the problem, as well as strict enforcement of the laws regarding drunk driving. The more drunk drivers allowed on the road, the more chance there is for significant injury to occur.

What We’re Doing

Goldstein & Hayes, P.C. is working with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to help raise awareness of this serious issue. We’ve sponsored the Walk Like MADD 5k and will continue to work with the organization to raise awareness and funds with the goal of putting a stop to drunk driving.

If you’d like to donate to MADD and support the cause, you can do so by clicking here.