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San Diego Drunk Driving Awareness – NHTSA Releases New Survey Results

As the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Labor Day Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest. Campaign continues (the DUI crackdown began on August 20 nationwide and will last until September 6), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released new data on August 25 revealing that one in five U.S. drivers has admitted to drinking and driving. This data indicates that 8% of all motorists, which amounts to approximately 17 million individuals, have operated a vehicle while drunk at least once during the past year. Considering that the Governors Highway Safety Association notes that 12,000 people nationwide were killed in accidents in 2008 involving drivers or motorcyclists with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher, the need for emphasizing the consequences of drunk driving to the public cannot be stressed enough.

The NHTSA drunk driving survey shows that an estimated one in five U.S. drivers have driven within two hours of consuming alcohol within the past year. Even so, four out of five Americans consider drunk driving a “major threat” to their own personal safety as well as to that of their families. The study also revealed a significant trend of drinking and driving among young motorists, especially in young males.

Another point of concern highlighted by the survey is that individuals who admitted that they drink and drive are those who consumed alcohol more frequently than people who drink but do not drive after consuming alcohol. About 28% of drinking drivers said that they consumed alcohol three or more days a week, compared to 10% of drivers who drink but do not drive afterwards.

Drunk driving accidents in San Diego and throughout the nation cause far too many injuries and fatalities. As a San Diego auto accident lawyer who has handled several motor vehicle accident cases, Steven Elia understands the many physical, emotional, and financial challenges that another driver’s negligence can inflict on an injured individual. If you have endured injury in a car crash that you believe was caused by a drunk driver or another form of driver negligence, contact Steven Elia for a free consultation. Call 619-444-2244 today.

Steven Elia

Steven Elia

Mr. Elia has extensive litigation experience having appeared at more than 1,000 civil hearings including jury and bench trials, over 500 depositions, and hundreds of mediations. Some of his cases have made national headlines. He specializes in personal injury, business law and civil litigation in and around San Diego.