Alcohol-Induced Crashes Trending Up In Marion County

Indianapolis Alcohol Fueled Crashes Hiked in 2016

In spite of Indiana ranking well for being home to low rates of drunk driving
incidents, the 2016
Indiana Officer’s Standard Crash Report says otherwise for one specific municipality. Many Hoosiers may be shocked
to review the drastic rise of alcohol infused crashes in Marion County
since 2015, with county seat Indianapolis home to the majority of them.

Marion County Collision Overview

  • Total Collisions

     

    • 2012 – 29,021,
      2013 – 28,749,
      2014 – 30,416,
      2015 – 34, 294,
      2016 – 37,447
  • Fatalities

     

    • 2012 – 78,
      2013 – 80,
      2014 – 83,
      2015 – 97,
      2016 – 100
  • Motorcycle Collisions

     

    • 2012 – 490,
      2013 – 418,
      2014 – 419,
      2015 – 397,
      2016 – 417
  • Speed-Related Collisions

     

    • 2012 – 2,009,
      2013 – 2,228,
      2014 – 2,879,
      2015 – 2,908,
      2016 – 3,085
  • Alcohol-Impaired Collisions

     

    • 2012 – 608,
      2013 – 534,
      2014 – 500,
      2015 – 500,
      2016 – 686
  • Indianapolis Alcohol-Impaired Collisions

     

    • 2012 – 501,
      2013 – 450,
      2014 – 418,
      2015 – 434,
      2016 – 599

*Indiana Officer’s Standard Crash Report, 2016

Ensure Your Own Safety

With numbers reflected in the chart above, it is no question that those
599 Indianapolis drunk drivers contributed to the 30 vehicle accidents
caused by alcohol impairment each day in the U.S. and the 178 people who
were killed throughout Indiana because of drunk driving in 2016. Hoosiers
need to ensure their own safety on the road by keeping the following safety
tips in mind:

  • Drunk drivers often show signs of their impairment, including swerving
    or delayed reactions to conditions around them. You can avoid them by
    driving defensively and staying alert, observant of the drivers around
    you and never driving while distracted.
  • It’s not a good idea to follow a possibly impaired driver around,
    even if your intentions are good. Instead, call the police and provide
    the information you have about the drunk driver, then get away from the
    potentially deadly situation.
  • Wear a seat belt at all times. No matter how many precautions you may be
    taking, an accident is always a possibility. Seatbelts reduce your risk
    of serious injury significantly.

To sum those tips up, remember yourself to NEVER drink and drive or get
in the car with a driver who has been drinking. It doesn’t take
a lot for the effects of alcohol to impact decision making skills. In
fact, a standard drink is equal to 14.0 grams (0.6 ounces) of pure alcohol.
Generally, this amount of pure alcohol is found in:

  • 12-ounces of beer (5% alcohol content)
  • 8-ounces of malt liquor (7% alcohol content)
  • 5-ounces of wine (12% alcohol content)
  • 1.5-ounces or a “shot” of 80-proof (40% alcohol content) distilled
    spirits or liquor (e.g., gin, rum, vodka, whiskey)

If you plan to drink away from home and need transportation, designate
a sober driver before you leave, hop in a cab, or use a ride sharing app
like Uber or Lyft at the end of your night. No matter what the cost, it
will be cheaper than a DUI or living your life knowing you took someone
else’s.

Remember the consequences of driving drunk. If you have been in a crash
and arrested for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, you will
be handcuffed and taken to the police station. Your car and your person
will be searched and the car will be towed at your expense. You will be
asked to take a certified breath test. If you refuse, your license will
automatically be suspended for one year
via the implied consent law IC 9-30-6-1. If you take a breath test and it shows that your blood alcohol content
is .08 percent or more, your driver’s license will be suspended
for a minimum of 30 days. To be released from jail, bail will have to
be posted depending on your accident circumstances.

Young Drivers Are At Greater Risk

According to the
Centers for Disease Control, at all levels of blood alcohol concentration (BAC), the risk of being
involved in an alcohol related crash is greater for young people than
for older people. And although drivers under the age of 21 represent a
small portion of licensed drivers, teens and young drivers are responsible
for 17 percent of fatal alcohol-related crashes.

There are several factors that can help keep young people safe from car
crashes 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 everyone
who shares the road with them.

  • Let your teen driver know not to drink and drive because the consequences
    can be deadly for themselves and others. Not even one drink is OK. Remind
    them to never get in a car with a friend who has been drinking.
  • Make sure your teen knows to wear a seat belt and drive without distractions
    like their phone or other electronics. Paying attention to these two factors
    could lessen the injuries or impact of a drunk driving accident.
  • Remind your teen of Indiana’s drunk driving laws and the consequences.
    The drinking age in Indiana is 21 and consumption of alcohol by anyone
    under 21 is illegal with no exceptions. Because underage drinkers cause
    a disproportionate number of alcohol-related auto fatalities, the standards
    are stricter and the penalties harsher for those under 21. Indiana has
    a “zero tolerance” policy for driving and alcohol use by those
    who are under 21 years old.
  • Create a code and encourage your teen to use their phone to text you to
    let you know they need your help but are worried about what friends may
    say. For example, your teen may text your pet’s name to you or write
    “I think I’m having a problem with my allergies, can you meet
    me here,” when they want to get out of a situation and not feel
    embarrassed. Remind them of the code often.

No Risk Drunk Driving Attorneys

If you or your family members were injured as the result of the poor decisions
of a negligent driver who was drunk, the
car accident attorneys at Wagner Reese can assist you in pursuing the compensation you deserve
and 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 case
is settled or won. Contact us today at (888) 204-8440 for more information
or to schedule a free consultation.