December is a leisurely time in the United States. Holiday season swings
into full display, work begins to slow down, family comes into town, and
most of us get a nice, long vacation to enjoy. Sadly, it's times like
these that we let our guards down a little bit, and as a result, common
sense can be easily impaired.
December is designated as National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention
Month in the U.S., with organizations ranging from MAAD (Mothers Against
Drunk Driving) to the Institute For Behavior and Health to state governments
Although 10-year traffic statistics, released by the United States Census
Bureau, show a decline in the total number of fatalities that occur as
a result of dunk or drugged driving between 1999 and 2009, our nation
as a whole still experiences an unusually large number of impaired driving
deaths. Conservative estimates peg the number of U.S. crashes that are
caused by impaired drivers at 20% of all crashes, translating into about
6,700 deaths a year, or about one death every 45 minutes.
In terms of drunk and drugged driving fatalities, how does Florida compare
with other states?
Let some of these facts* be a reminder for you and your family this holiday season:
Florida is ranked third in states with the most traffic fatalities at 2,558. California is number one with 3,081 deaths a year, and followed by Texas
at 3,071 deaths a year.
Florida is ranked third in states with the most traffic fatalities as a
result of a drunk or drugged driver, with 904 deaths in 2012, representing 35% of all fatal crashes in the state for that year.
*Data source: U.S. National Highway Safety Administration, Traffic Safety
Facts, Alcohol, Annual 2012
That's not too difficult to believe. Here are some recent headlines
from our area:
March Date Set for Goodman DUI Manslaughter Trial
Woman in Jail Is Charged With DUI Manslaughter In Another Crash
"2 drunk 2 care" Tweet Draws Attention in Fatal Crash
Suburban Boca Raton Man Charged with DUI In Crash That Critically Injured Woman
FHP Troopers Cracking Down on Drunk Driving Through Halloween Weekend
So be careful out there. Be proactive, and use good judgment when debating
whether or not you should be driving. If you have to debate it, you probably
shouldn't be driving.
Please also keep in mind this month the
dangers of highway trucking accidents. The fatalities in Florida are higher than they are in the nation, and
that's cause for concern, and caution, this winter.
Throughout the month, we'll be updating our blog with additional posts
with the purpose of spreading drunk and drugged driving awareness. It's
a somber topic, but it's an important topic, in our opinion.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of drunk or drugged driving, whether or not there was a fatality, please give our lawyers a call today
to discuss your potential case at 1-(561) 600-5605.