Drunk drivers are a risk to public safety. When a driver consumes alcohol and gets behind the wheel, they’re doing more than endangering their own personal safety, they’re endangering the safety of innocent and responsible travelers.
Autumn is a particularly dangerous time, with back-to-school, the start of college and pro football, and the trio of year-end holidays just around the corner.
Officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report that more than a third of the people killed when an alcohol-impaired-driver accidents are not the impaired drivers, but are innocent people traveling among them.
In 2011, there were more than 9,800 people killed in drunk driving accidents. These fatalities account for a third of all traffic accident fatalities witnessed on our roadways year after year. Unfortunately, while the number of traffic accidents and the lives they take has declined in recent year, the proportion of those fatalities that are blamed on drunk-driving accidents has remained the same for the past decade.
Our Montgomery accident lawyers understand that it’s the passengers in the vehicle, the occupants of other vehicles, the pedestrians and the bicyclists who are the innocent victims. Lives of innocent people are cut short because of the irresponsible driving habits of others — especially drunk drivers. These are preventable crashes, easily within our control by making better decisions as drivers, passengers, and friends.
The NHTSA reports that there were more than 300 people killed in alcohol-related traffic accidents in the state of Alabama in 2011. These accidents accounted for close to 40 percent of all of the fatal accidents in the state throughout the entire year.
In the state of Alabama, it’s illegal to drive a vehicle with a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) level of .08 percent or more. The state places a .04 percent limit on commercial drivers. Drivers under 21 and those who operate a school bus or day care van have limits of .02 percent.
If you’re pulled over and you don’t agree to a urine, breath or blood test, you can have your driver’s license suspended automatically.
Where Alabama Accidents Happen:
-More than 70 percent of accidents occur in urban areas.
-More than 65 percent of traffic accident fatalities occur in rural areas.
-More than 76 percent of car accidents happen within 25 miles of a person’s home.
In the state of Alabama, a first-offense drunk driving conviction comes with up to a year of jail time, up to $2,000 in fines and another $100 fine assessed for Impaired Drivers Trust Fund, DUI school attendance as well as a mandatory 90-day driver’s license suspension.
We need to know how to stop these drivers. And you can help. You can call *HP (*47) on your cell phone and get in touch with Alabama state troopers. This way you can report dangerous driving habits that may endanger the lives of innocent people. If you believe you’ve spotted an intoxicated driver, call them number and provide officials with the vehicle’s location, headed direction, license plate number (if possible) and a description of the car. You need not do anything else. Your best bet is to get out of the way. You don’t want to put yourself in harm’s way.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, call Allred & Allred P.C. at 334.396.9200 to speak with a personal injury attorney today.
More Blog Entries:
Roadside Survey of Alcohol and Drugged Driving Causes Controversy, Alabama Injury Lawyer Blog, July 17, 2013
Drunk Driving a Costly, Deadly Gamble in Alabama, Alabama Injury Lawyer Blog, July 7, 2013