Just the Facts: Drunk Driving in California

Working with victims of drunk drivers in California, our firm fights hard to restore financial stability to those who suffer from choices made by people who drink and drive. Recently, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) made recommendations to reduce drunk driving fatality rates in the United States.

In October, the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs released figures for impaired driving accidents in our state in 2010. This data revealed that:

  • More than 24,000 motor vehicle injuries were associated with alcohol.
  • Alcohol-impaired drivers took the lives of 1,768 Californians.
  • More than 77 percent of drunk drivers were male.

These facts play out across the nation — only the names of the families and friends who have lost loved ones change.

In a report released in May, the NTSB recommended legislators across the country:

  • Reduce the legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) from the current nationwide rate of .08 percent to .05 percent. Reduction of the BAC would bring the United States in line with stiffer rules enforced by European countries and respond to studies that show impairment from alcohol can begin with a BAC as low as .01 percent.
  • Increase high visibility and other enforcement efforts. Sobriety checkpoints have a proven deterrent effect on whether people choose to drink and drive. Similarly, education campaigns help motorists understand the consequences of drunk driving. The NTSB suggests installation of ignition interlock devices in vehicles of all motorists convicted of driving impaired and implementation of specialized drunk driving courts to focus on reducing repeat offenders.

Our firm understands the importance of each life, and the pain and grief of every injury or death caused by drunk driving. If you have been injured by an impaired driver, seek advice from an experienced California injury lawyer.

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