Being injured in an accident that was caused by a drunk driver can cause a person to feel tremendous frustration and anger. Unfortunately, as we have discussed in an earlier post, drunk driving is a serious problem on Texas roads and everyone is at risk of being injured in a DWI accident.
In recent years Texas has the unfortunate distinction of leading the nation in annual drunk driving deaths, with more than 1,300 alcohol-related road fatalities in 2012. As we discussed in an earlier post, when the numbers are adjusted for population, Texas drops to 10th place for drunk driving deaths per 100,000 people. Nonetheless, it's still far too many.
Drunk driving continues to be a major cause of death and injury in Texas and throughout the United States. In recent years progress has been made in reducing drunk driving deaths. But that progress has slowed recently. As a result, some law enforcement officials are considering innovative ideas to target the hard core of repeat drunk driving offenders.
With summer in Sugar Land come ball games, picnics, camping trips and trips to the beach. At all of these events, it is not unusual for participants to enjoy a cold beer, a glass of wine or a cocktail. While most people drink responsibly, there will be those who put not only their own, but every other motorist's life in their hands, and drive drunk.
As we have pointed out in a previous post in this blog, Texas has a serious drunk driving problem. In fact the state has the dubious distinction of leading the nation in fatal drunk driving accidents. Law enforcement is fighting the problem aggressively, and drunk drivers face serious penalties if convicted. Repeat offenders, and those who cause serious injuries or death in an accident, can face decades in prison.
It is common sense that drinking and driving are dangerous. During the holiday season, it is likely that those traveling to holiday gatherings will be consuming alcohol. It is also likely that drivers will not properly comprehend how intoxicated they are. This often leads to intoxicated drivers getting behind the wheel. Moreover, this negligent action could lead to a serious and even fatal accident.
If you just read that headline and thought, “only fourth?” you’re not alone. Drivers from various states have earned the dubious title of worst in the nation over the years. This one, however, is based on data from a website where drivers nationwide can compare auto insurance rates. Sine drivers are constantly entering information into the website’s database about their driving habits, recent citations, DWI arrests and other risk factors, the website offers an unusually full picture of driver behavior across the U.S.
"People at this time of year are anxious to get their shopping done, and they may be frustrated, and other people can aggravate them," says a researcher from the University of Alabama, who just completed an analysis of the distribution of traffic accidents near holidays. As we discussed on this blog in July, holidays are active times for drunk drivers, which tragically means that many families are forced to associate the holiday season with the death of a loved one.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently announced that the number of fatal traffic accidents rose in the U.S. last year, marking the first increase in traffic fatalities since 2005. The agency also said that most of that 3.3-percent increase was due to an increase in virtually every type of traffic accident except car crashes, including a 4.6-percent jump in fatal drunk-driving accidents.
Of all the factors at play in the car accident rate among teen drivers, parental involvement is by far the most important, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association, or GHSA. For parents who discount such statements as nonsense meant to make them feel good, here’s one statistic that may change your mind: when supportive parents set driving rules and monitor their kids’ behavior, teen drivers are 71 percent less likely to drive drunk.