Did you know that a total of 10,839 deaths were recorded in 2009 involving Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) levels more than .08 – .32 percent (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Fatality Analysis Reporting System)? The legal limit is .08, but even driving with a BAC below the legal limit can leave drivers with symptoms of impairment. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention also estimated that 32 people die every day due to alcohol-related crashes.
Looking into the history of vehicular accidents involving alcohol-impaired drivers, we recognize that even though the number of fatalities has been declining steadily for the past few years, they are not low enough. In fact, car crashes are still considered to be one of the most common causes of fatalities for almost all age groups.
Sadly, even with the efforts of both the government and private sectors to lessen the number of car accidents injuries and fatalities caused by impaired driving, many people seem to continue to ignore the risks and dangers that DUIs present.
Everyone was heavily anticipating Super Bowl Sunday and when it opened, it brought with it the arrest of 13 drivers on suspicion of DUI in Prescott, Arizona (KPHO 2/6/11).
The Tri-City DUI Task Force, composed of twenty-two officers from six different agencies took part in an effort to reduce the number of drunk drivers on the road over the past weekend. From their command post in the intersection of Highway 89 and Highway 89A, they were briefed and patrolled in their designated areas.
It was reported that among the arrests, four cases were extreme DUI or having BAC of over .15 percent. The police reported that the average BAC of drivers arrested was .113 percent.
Tri-City DUI Task Force is an excellent initiative from the Prescott Police Department, Prescott Valley Police Department, Chino Valley Police Department, Clarkdale Police Department, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, and the Cottonwood Police Department. This kind of strategy can be an effective way to help decrease the number of alcohol-impaired drivers on the roads who pose threats to everyone.
As Arizona accident lawyers, we believe that one way to help stop these accidents is by holding alcohol impaired drivers responsible for their actions. For victims of drunken driving accidents, we are available at (602) 267-1280. Don’t hesitate to call us for a free consultation; we may be able to help you.