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Vital drunk driving statistics

Drunk driving accidents happen every day in South Carolina and the rest of the United States. Sometimes, simply knowing the facts and figures relating to drunk driving is enough to motivate people to avoid drinking and driving. However, no matter how careful one is when out with friends, it is still quite easy to mistakenly get behind the wheel when you think it is still safe to drive.

Believe it or not, an average of 30 people are killed every single day in the United States after being involved in a drunk driving-related automobile crash. A total of 10,322 DUI-related fatalities happened in 2012, representing about 31 percent of traffic deaths that year.

The younger the driver is, the more dangerous it is to drive while intoxicated. In 2012, a third of the fatal DUI crashes involved inebriated drivers between the ages of 12 and 24. The next most dangerous drunk drivers were between the ages of 25 and 34 and then between 35 and 44. Meanwhile, about 50 percent of motorcyclists who died in 2012 drunk driving crashes were 40 years of age and up.

South Carolina authorities use a variety of policing strategies to try and limit the number of drunk drivers on the roads. Sobriety checkpoints are one method, and these have been shown to statistically reduce DUI-related collisions by 9 percent. Authorities may also order a convicted drunk driver to install an ignition interlock device in his or her car to prevent driving in the event that the driver is inebriated. These devices can result in a 70 percent reduction in the chance of being re-arrested.

With increased DUI policing efforts, though, some individuals are bound to get arrested for drunk driving inappropriately when they are in fact innocent. This is where an experienced drunk driving defense attorney can help.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Important facts on drunk driving" accessed Jan. 29, 2015

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