DUI Deaths Increase in Nearly Half of the States
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters recently released new state-by-state data for 2005 showing that alcohol-impaired driving remains one of the nation’s deadliest crimes. In 2005, 23 states and Puerto Rico showed a decrease in the fatality rate for crashes where the driver had an illegal alcohol level of at least .08, while the rate in 21 states and the District of Columbia increased and in 6 other states it remained flat.
“These statistics confirm what every police officer patrolling America’s streets already knows: that irresponsible use of alcohol and driving are a tragic and toxic combination that robs people of their potential and families of their loved ones,” said Secretary Peters.
“As a wife, a mother, and a grandmother, I never want to receive a call saying that a loved one will not be coming home because of a crash, especially one caused by alcohol,” remarked Peters.
“Statistics are a vital tool in our battle against drunk driving,” said Peters. “But, we must remember that there is a human face behind every one of those numbers – a mother, an uncle, a brother or best friend that lost their lives because someone made a lethal decision.”
Secretary Peters is right. Too many times, I meet very nice people who’s lives are now in turmoil because they or a loved one has been injured or killed by a drunk driver. Every person hurt or killed because of the negligence of a drunk driver is either a son, daughter, brother, sister, mom, dad, grandpa or grandma. They are not just a statistic–they are family to someone.
If you or someone you know has been injured because of a drunk driver, contact Attorney Matthew Noyes for information regarding your rights against the drunk driver and possibly the person or business that provided the alcohol to the driver before he or she got behind the wheel.