The rate of traffic fatalities related to drunk driving have gone down 48 percent since 1982. Furthermore, there has been an 80 percent decrease in fatalities for Pennsylvania drivers and others who are under the age of 21. In 2017, there were 3.3 alcohol-impaired fatalities per 100,000 people, which was a decrease of 64 percent since 1982. However, this is an average across the 50 states, and there were 22 states that were at or below this level.
Some people in Pennsylvania may wonder how they can prevent individuals from driving after they have been drinking alcohol. When trying to dissuade someone from driving drunk, it is important to remain nonconfrontational. It might be necessary to speak slowly and explain things more carefully than would be needed with a sober person.
While people who drive likely know that operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent or higher is illegal, motorists in Pennsylvania and other states sometimes feel like they have not had too much to drink or that they are not affected by the alcohol they have consumed. However, even one alcoholic drink can result in side effects and hurt one's driving ability. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has provided some information about alcohol consumption and driving.
Pennsylvania motorists may understand the serious consequences of impaired driving, but the issue continues to be a major problem across the nation. Nearly 30 deaths occur each day because of driver impairment, and national costs related to such incidents approach $60 billion per year. With approximately one-third of accident-related fatalities occurring in connection with alcohol use, there is significant room for changes to be made.
Drunk driving is one of the leading causes of fatal car accidents, and the U.S. Department of Transportation has a standing interest in reducing its frequency. A fatal accident caused by a drunk driver can result in serious injuries and deaths, as well as criminal and civil lawsuits with their attendant costs to individuals and society. New technology that was recently unveiled is being hailed by officials as a means of preventing this on par with education and enforcement efforts.
A Lancaster man has received a prison sentence of 20 to 50 years for causing a fatal car accident while under the influence of drugs and alcohol. The 29-year-old man pleaded guilty on April 29 to several charges including DUI, criminal homicide and aggravated assault. According to the district attorney in Lancaster County, the sentence is the longest for a fatal DUI car accident in the county's history.
A crash around 7:50 p.m. on Mar. 19 in Feasterville resulted in the death of a 64-year-old woman and a 79-year-old man from Fairless Hills. They had both been riding in the same vehicle. Police ordered a test on another vehicle's driver for a possible DUI charge.
Impaired driving kills and injures thousands of people every year and also costs the United States more than $59 billion annually. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that each fatal crash involving alcohol costs about $3.5 million while crashes resulting in injury cost about $99,000. There are many prevention efforts in place aimed to combat alcohol-related driving in Pennsylvania and the U.S.
Motorists in Pennsylvania may benefit from learning more about the facts related to impaired driving, as described by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Research indicates that motorcyclists and young drivers are more likely to be involved in an accident caused by impaired driving. Impaired driving accounts for more than 30 percent of the fatal accidents that occur in the United States. During 2012, more than 10,000 people were killed by these types of accidents.
In a recent story by NBC 10, a 50-year-old man was convicted of driving under the influence, homicide by vehicle and a host of other charges. He was sentenced to eight to 17 years for his involvement in a serious motorcycle accident that left a 24-year-old dead. The Chester County crash happened over a year ago in April 2013 when the 50-year-old turned his pickup truck into oncoming traffic and the young motorcyclist.