As reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a total of 10,839 car accident fatalities involving alcohol impaired drivers happened in 2009. This is why drunk driving is still considered to be one of the major causes of traffic accidents, and fatalities, in the United States.
In 2008, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found an estimated 32 people die every day because of DUI-related accidents. During that same year, approximately 1.4 million drivers were arrested due to the same circumstances.
In Arizona, many innocent lives of motorists as well as pedestrians are lost every year due to impaired driving. On Wednesday, a Pinal County Assessor was arrested for driving under the influence in Casa Grande (KPHO 02/09/11). The incident happened last Monday when the Pinal County Sheriff received a tip through email that the Assessor had left the bar driving his car. When he was pulled over, he smelled heavily of alcohol and had watery eyes. The assessor was tested with a breathalyzer; his BAC content was 0.99, which is higher than the allowed BAC of 0.08 in Arizona. He was also submitted to a blood test but the results were not yet released.
Drunk driving accidents can easily be prevented with responsible drinking and driving. Concerned agencies have stepped up and are trying to put a stop against impaired driving in Arizona through the zero tolerance approach. But this strategy will not be successful if we do not help each other. It’s about time that drivers start to become even more responsible when it comes to drinking and driving.
Alcohol impaired driving must be stopped. And one way to deter these negligent drivers from getting behind the wheel is to hold them accountable for their actions. If you or a loved one has been a victim of a drunken driver, you can reach us at (602) 267-1280 for a free consultation. As impaired driving accident lawyers, we may be able to help you.