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Sobriety Checkpoints Discourage Drunk Driving

October 21st, 2013 at 9:30 am

One of the easiest ways to die behind the wheel or kill a driver or passenger in another car is to get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol. Since the 1950s, more than one national campaign has been launched to raise awareness about drunk driving, and they’ve had a significant impact: the percentage of people killed or injured in drunk driving accidents continues to decline annually. According to CNN Money Magazine, “alcohol-related traffic deaths, one of the leading types of fatal traffic accidents, declined by 7.4 percent between 2008 and 2009.” That still translates to nearly 11,000 deaths every year in alcohol-related accidents, about one-third of all traffic deaths. And yet the fact that it’s continued to decline is hopeful, and promising.

 One reason for the decline could be the increased number of checkpoints in major cities across the country. According to KansasCity.com, in mid-July “law enforcement agencies in Independence, Kansas City, Olathe, and Overland Park” set up sobriety checkpoints on major patrol thruways over the weekend, so as to catch people speeding or driving drunk. Every driver was required to stop and blow into a breathalyzer if driving past the checkpoint. The Olathe sobriety checkpoint was set up between the hours of 11pm on Friday and 3am on Saturday.

These checkpoints not only serve to catch drunk drivers, but to get them off the road. In 2010, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, there were 134 traffic deaths in Kansas and 31 percent of these were alcohol-related. That means that less than one-third of all traffic deaths can be attributed to drunk drivers. In 2011 there were only 108 traffic deaths in Kansas, and only 28 percent of them were alcohol-related. This statistic came on the heels of a 2.5 percent reduction nationwide in all drunk driving deaths reported between 2011 and 2010.

A drunk driving accident in which you or someone you know was seriously injured may be cause for compensation. If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident in which alcohol was involved, don’t go through it alone. Contact a dedicated Illinois personal injury attorney today.

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