The Centers for Disease Control reports disturbing statistics regarding the criminal act of driving while intoxicated. While the numbers are staggering, the hope from the release of this information is for awareness to be perpetuated and perhaps suggested solutions can be further employed in each state.
In Texas, in a span of fewer than 10 years, there were more than 13,000 deaths from wrecks that involved a drunk driver. The bracket of people 21-34 years of age had the highest number of deaths with the larger percentage being male. The lowest bracket of drunk driving related deaths were in the under 20 age bracket.
Some suggested and effective reducers of drunk driving incidents have been gathered from various sources and presented by the CDC. One such strategy that Texas does not currently employ is sobriety checkpoints. However, these sobriety checkpoints are relatively common practice in other states and essentially are highly visible stopping points staffed with law enforcement officers who check all drivers passing through for signs of impairment. If inebriation is suspected, a Breathalyzer test to determine the blood alcohol content may be conducted on the driver.
The effort behind these reports is always to reduce the incidence of alcohol-impaired drivers and alcohol-related deaths. If it is too late; if you have lost a loved one to a drunk driver on a Texas road, know that your effort to hold the driver accountable can make a big difference in potentially saving future lives and further advocating for stronger protections against drunk drivers.