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An overview of impaired driving facts

Georgia residents who have been involved in car accidents involving drunk drivers likely care deeply about the issue. Statistics are helpful for providing insight on factors such as those most likely to be involved in certain types of impairment-related incidents. This can be translated into action by those who are committed to improving motor vehicle safety for the population at large.

Young adults represent the greatest percentage of impaired drivers as 32 percent of DUI fatalities in 2012 involved drivers who were between the ages of 21 and 24. Very few such incidents involved drivers who were over the age of 44. Conversely, approximately 44 percent of impairment-related motorcycle fatalities involved those who were between 40 and 44 years of age. An impaired driver who is responsible for a fatal car crash is statistically seven times as likely to have a DUI conviction already on record in comparison to drivers whose systems are free of alcohol at the time of a crash.

A major concern in assessing DUI incidents is the effect on children. At least 20 percent of child traffic fatalities in 2012 were impairment-related. More than half of the members in this group were in the vehicles driven by impaired individuals. A combination of educational approaches and the imposition of stringent penalties on those found to be impaired has been used to address this issue in society. However, personal choice is a significant factor, making it challenging to eradicate the problem of impaired driving.

The consequences of a DUI accident can be serious for an individual who is injured. Recovery needs can vary based on the magnitude of an injury, and there may be instances in which severe outcomes may be addressed through personal injury litigation.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Impaired Driving: Get the Facts", accessed on Jan. 31, 2015

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