In spite of Indiana ranking well for being home to low rates of drunk drivingincidents, the 2016Indiana Officer’s Standard Crash Report says otherwise for one specific municipality. Many Hoosiers may be shockedto review the drastic rise of alcohol infused crashes in Marion Countysince 2015, with county seat Indianapolis home to the majority of them.
*Indiana Officer’s Standard Crash Report, 2016
With numbers reflected in the chart above, it is no question that those599 Indianapolis drunk drivers contributed to the 30 vehicle accidentscaused by alcohol impairment each day in the U.S. and the 178 people whowere killed throughout Indiana because of drunk driving in 2016. Hoosiersneed to ensure their own safety on the road by keeping the following safetytips in mind:
To sum those tips up, remember yourself to NEVER drink and drive or getin the car with a driver who has been drinking. It doesn’t takea lot for the effects of alcohol to impact decision making skills. Infact, a standard drink is equal to 14.0 grams (0.6 ounces) of pure alcohol.Generally, this amount of pure alcohol is found in:
If you plan to drink away from home and need transportation, designatea sober driver before you leave, hop in a cab, or use a ride sharing applike Uber or Lyft at the end of your night. No matter what the cost, itwill be cheaper than a DUI or living your life knowing you took someoneelse’s.
Remember the consequences of driving drunk. If you have been in a crashand arrested for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, you willbe handcuffed and taken to the police station. Your car and your personwill be searched and the car will be towed at your expense. You will beasked to take a certified breath test. If you refuse, your license willautomatically be suspended for one yearvia the implied consent law IC 9-30-6-1. If you take a breath test and it shows that your blood alcohol contentis .08 percent or more, your driver’s license will be suspendedfor a minimum of 30 days. To be released from jail, bail will have tobe posted depending on your accident circumstances.
According to theCenters for Disease Control, at all levels of blood alcohol concentration (BAC), the risk of beinginvolved in an alcohol related crash is greater for young people thanfor older people. And although drivers under the age of 21 represent asmall portion of licensed drivers, teens and young drivers are responsiblefor 17 percent of fatal alcohol-related crashes.
There are several factors that can help keep young people safe from carcrashes and prevent them from driving drunk. Most include parental involvement,the minimum legal drinking age, and Indiana’s zero tolerance laws.Following these cues can protect the lives of young drivers and everyonewho shares the road with them.
If you or your family members were injured as the result of the poor decisionsof a negligent driver who was drunk, thecar accident attorneys at Wagner Reese can assist you in pursuing the compensation you deserveand may need for medical care and to cover a loss of wages while injured.There is no risk, as we never collect any kind of fee unless your caseis settled or won. Contact us today at (888) 204-8440 for more informationor to schedule a free consultation.