The U.S. Department of Transportation has released a new survey which found that nearly 8% of all drivers – 1 in 12 – admit to driving under the influence in the previous year.
The report entitled National Survey of Drinking and Driving Attitudes and Behaviors, which was conducted in 2008, also reports that 20% of motorists also admit that they have driven a motor vehicle within two hours of consuming an alcohol beverage.
The survey was done to determine society’s attitudes to alcohol and driving in hopes of being able to determine ways to change behavior.
The survey also found that 8% of people over the age 16 said that they have ridden with a driver who may have been under the influence. Young males are particularly at risk; approximately 24% reported they had ridden with an impaired driver.
Nearly every year, there are approximately 700 fatal car accidents in Washington State and almost 45% of those were alcohol related.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of a drunken driver, you have a right to be compensated for your damages. An experienced personal injury attorney can work to protect your rights and seek the compensation you deserve.