Stats Show You Can’t Drink and Drive Responsibly

Operating a motor vehicle after drinking alcohol is risky behavior.
Even a small amount of alcohol can make someone an unsafe driver because it is a depressant that affects vision, coordination, reaction time, and judgment. Kentucky has strict laws for drunk driving, and a person is considered legally intoxicated if their blood alcohol content (BAC) is more than 0.08. A DWI/DUI conviction can carry a mandatory jail sentence, fines, and a license suspension.
Such penalties don’t matter much to the families whose lives are torn apart by the selfish actions of a drunk driver.
Founded in 1980 to support the victims of drunk driving, the advocacy group Mothers Against Drunk Driving reports that the average intoxicated driver has driven drunk 80 times before he or she is arrested for the first time and that one-half to three-quarters of convicted drunk drivers continue to drive after their license is suspended. More than 29 million people admitted in 2012 to having driven while under the influence of alcohol. On the flip side, two in three people will be involved in a drunk driving accident in their lifetime. In 2012, an average of one life was lost approximately every 51 minutes because of drunk driving.

Drunk Driving Accidents in KY

Just in our state in the year 2012, more than 23,000 arrests for driving under the influence were made. There were 4,671 alcohol-related collisions reported that year, of which 3 percent were fatal, 35 percent involved injuries, and 62 percent caused property damage only. That 3 percent translated to 168 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities, and almost 75 percent of those drivers had a high blood alcohol content of 0.15 or more – almost twice the legal limit. Alcohol-related collisions in Kentucky increased slightly in 2012 from the prior year. If you have any questions about this topic or if you or a loved one was injured by a drunk driver, you can find out more by discussing it with one of the attorneys at the Pikeville, KY-based Johnson Law Firm. We are ready to provide you with a free and confidential initial consultation. Contact us by calling 1-855-997-8980 or through our online form.

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