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Welcome to FindLaw's DUI Law series. If you have been charged with a DUI, know someone who has, or just want to know about the law and how to protect your rights during a DUI stop, please come back each week for more information.
Drunk driving is dangerous and can have serious consequences for the drinking driver and everyone around. But DUI is a relatively common crime, one committed by people of all backgrounds and classes.
Sometimes people drive while intoxicated because they don't realize they are doing it, unaware that they're impaired until too late. Others just don't appreciate the gravity of the risk, which includes not only lost lives but also criminal charges. So let's take a look at some DUI statistics that may influence your decision to drive while intoxicated or to let others do so.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration collects all kinds of information on the America roadways. It measures driver intoxication in various places, assesses the effectiveness and activities of DUI/DWI courtroom cases, and attempts to determine the impact of driving while intoxicated on the nation. The agency measures lives lost, the cost of accidents caused by drunk driving, and whether efforts made by various agencies and programs are improving the situation.
The following are DUI statistics to seriously consider:
The NHTSA states that generally drunk driving is decreasing but driving under the influence of drugs is up. Remember, though, that the crimes DUI and DWI refer to intoxication, and not just alcohol. Anything that impairs your ability to drive safely should be avoided.
If you have been charged with DUI, talk to a lawyer. Many attorneys consult for free or a minimal fee and will be happy to talk about your case.