Alabama Drunk Driving Statistics and Prevention Tips
Attorney Jeff Hunter recently appeared on WNCF ABC 32 with host Ellis Eskew to discuss the dangers of drunk driving and share potentially life-saving tips all Alabama drivers need to know.
The segment began with a shocking statement: Nearly every 48 minutes, a person is killed from drunk driving in the U.S.
Jeff stated that unfortunately, after decades of discussion and prevention efforts, drunk driving is still a major issue.
“It’s a problem that I see in my law practice very frequently,” Jeff said. “People are killed or injured by drunk drivers all the time, and we need to continue to get the word out, hopefully, make that stop.”
How Prevalent is Drunk Driving in Alabama?
We know drunk driving is a major issue nationally, and tragically, the number of drunk driving deaths in our own state is incredibly high.
Tragically, there were 268 drunk driving fatalities in Alabama in 2017. In fact, Alabama ranks 5th in the country for the highest number of drunk driving deaths.
What Can You Do to Prevent Drunk Driving?
Unfortunately, nearly one-third of drunk drivers are repeat offenders. More needs to be done to get the message through and deter drunk drivers.
Yet, there are a number of steps you can take to prevent drunk driving, and help keep yourself and others safe on the roads.
“It’s about being smart. So if you’re out with your friends, let somebody be the designated driver, and don’t let somebody get behind the wheel that’s been drinking,” Jeff said.
Let’s take a closer look at these tips:
Use a Car Service
If you are planning on drinking, use a car service to take you and your friends or family members home. Remember, it is safer to travel in groups and always verify the license plate and identity of your driver before getting into the car.
Have a Designated Driver
Call a sober friend or family member take you home or pick you up if you have been drinking.
If you are drinking at a friend or family member’s house, see if you can stay over and drive back home when you are sober in the morning.
Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk
If a friend or family member is drinking, do not let them get behind the wheel.
We hope that by following these tips, you can help protect yourself and save other lives on the road. Share these with friends and family members, and always remember to establish a plan before you go out drinking, so you can enjoy your night safely.
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