Every 45 minutes someone is killed by a drunk driver (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 7/30/10). Every time someone gets behind the wheel after even just one drink, they are endangering their own life and the lives of hundreds of others. This is an unacceptable habit, especially because there are so many safe ride programs out there.
A police chase ended in a head-on collision that claimed the life of a 36 year old woman on Wednesday night (KPHO 10/28/10). The authorities suspect that alcohol was a factor in the accident. The chase began when the driver of an SUV sped past the police at over 100 miles an hour. They pursued the driver with a helicopter for about a half an hour. They tried to stop him by throwing out spike strips but he dodged them and got on the Loop 202 in the wrong direction, where he finally stopped after he collided with the woman, who died at the scene. The driver of the SUV is in serious condition.
Drunk driving costs the U.S. more than $51 billion every year, and it is completely preventable (CDC 7/30/10). The scariest statistic is that fact that 159 million drivers report that they’ve driven drunk in the past but only 1.4 million are caught and arrested (CDC 7/30/10). With the Halloween holiday right around the corner, there will be an increased number of impaired drivers on the road, so please be careful and on the lookout for the signs of an impaired driver: drifting across lanes, speeding or excessively slow driving, tailgating, and misuse of turn signals.
If you or a loved one has been injured by an impaired driver, you may deserve compensation. Please call us today for your free consultation—we may be able to help! Give us a call at (480) 753-4534.