It is never safe to be driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI). Either those involved comes out of it injured or worse, killed. Alcohol is a contributing factor in almost half of all traffic fatalities. During 2009, according to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), those in DUI cases accounted for 10,839 out of a total of 33,808 fatalities. This was a 7.4% decrease compared to the year 2008. Among the alcohol-impaired drivers, passenger cars involved were 4,242; slightly lower than that of 2008 of 4,679.
In recent news, a 19-year-old ex-UA golfer was issued an arrest warrant for failing to appear in court on the 19th of May for drunk driving in Tuscon. She was a native of Zurich, Switzerland and a former member of the University of Arizona women’s golf team. Reports say her license was said to have been suspended because she failed to pay for a speeding citation that happened last November 2010.
A little known fact about drinking under the influence is that getting drunk reduces a person’s depth perception— an essential when driving and without it will bring in some awful circumstances. Young drinkers ages 20 to 30 comprise more than half of all impaired drivers involved in fatal crashes and have been shown to have the highest average blood alcohol concentration (BAC). Drunk drivers are a risk to themselves and to others, so think twice again if a friend or an acquaintance is out having a bit of fun.
If you or a loved one has been in an accident involving drunk driving in Arizona, our Tuscon drunk driving accident victim lawyers offer free consultations. Just call these numbers (602) 457-6222, or (480) 389-2463.