By now, everyone knows that drinking and driving is both dangerous and illegal in the State of Nebraska. Both public agencies and private advocacy groups have spent the last several decades making sure that the public is aware of the risks associated with drinking and driving. Although you know of the dangers and potential legal consequences, there may be a lot about drinking and driving that you don’t know. Consider the following “ Drunk driving by the numbers – Statistics and facts that may surprise you ”.
- Of the 10,322 people who died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes in 2012, 6,688 (65%) were drivers with a BAC of .08 or higher.
- An alcohol related fatality occurs every hour in the United States.
- An alcohol related injury occurs every two minutes in the United States.
- On average, a driver will drive under the influence 80 times before being arrested for DUI.
- The most frequent recorded BAC level in fatal crashes in 0.16 percent – twice the legal limit.
- Between 50 and 75 percent of people convicted of DUI continue to drive even though their license has been suspended.
- Alcohol related fatalities are four times more likely to occur at night than during the day.
- In recent years, over 200 children, on average, have been killed each year in drunk driving crashes.
- On average, over half of all children who are fatality injured in an alcohol related driving crash are riding in the vehicle with the impaired driver.
- 20 percent of all children aged 14 and younger who are killed in a motor vehicle crash are killed in an alcohol impaired collision.
- Two out of every three people will be involved in an alcohol related crash during their lifetime.
- Direct and consequential drunk driving costs each adult in the U.S. an average of $800 each year.
- Individuals in the 21 – 24 year old age group are most likely to drink and drive.
- One in ten teenagers drinks and drives.
- A teenage driver is 17 times more likely to die in a crash with a BAC of 0.08 percent or higher than if they had not been drinking.
If you have been charged with driving under the influence in Nebraska contact the Petersen Law Office 24 hours a day at 402-513-2180 to discuss your case with an experienced DUI defense attorney.