Drunk Driving Prevention Tips
With summertime in full swing, many people will be meeting up with friends and families for barbeques, pool parties and other celebrations where drinking may be involved. While it’s fine to enjoy a drink, it’s important that adults enjoy responsibly, and never get behind the wheel when drunk.
With this in mind, we wanted to take a closer look at drunk driving and share helpful, potentially life-saving tips.
How Many People Are Killed by Drunk Driving in the U.S.?
In the United States, approximately 30 Americans are killed in drunk driving crashes every day, and nearly 11,000 lives are taken each year due to drunk driving.
How Often Are People Injured in Drunk Driving Crashes in the U.S.?
A person is injured in a drunk driving accident every two minutes. This results in approximately 800 Americans who are injured in drunk driving crashes every day.
How Prevalent is Drunk Driving in Missouri?
Drunk driving is a major issue as Missouri has the 6th highest drunk driving incidence rate in the country. According to the latest available data from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), 254 Missouri drivers were killed in drunk driving crashes in 2017.
What Are the Consequences for Drunk Drivers in Missouri?
Those found guilty of driving drunk may face fines, jail time and license suspensions.
- First Offense: Up to a $1,000 fine, up to six months in jail, 30-day license suspension, 60-day restricted license
- Second Offense: Up to a $2,000 fine, up to one year in jail, 5-year license revocation
- Third Offense: Up to a $10,000 fine, up to four years in jail, 10-year license revocation
Those who receive a second DUI offense or subsequent offenses will be required to install an ignition interlock device in their car. The device requires drivers to take a breathalyzer test, and the vehicle will not start if they do not pass.
How Can People Avoid Drinking & Driving?
Everyone’s decisions play an important role in keeping themselves and others safe. Before meeting friends or family for drinks, keep these important tips in mind:
Use a Car Service – Use an app for a car service to get home safely. Remember, it is better to travel in groups, and always verify the license plate of the driver and ask the driver for your name before getting into the car.
Assign a Designated Driver – Before going out, plan who will be the designated driver, or call a sober, responsible adult to pick you up.
Stay Where You Are – If you are at a family or friend’s place and have been drinking, politely ask if you can stay over and drive back home the next morning when you are sober.
Never Let Friends Drive Drunk – If you notice someone who has been drinking, do not let them drive. You can have them stay over, arrange for a car service and more, but they shouldn’t be behind the wheel.
We hope that by following these important tips, everyone can enjoy the summer months safely. The risks are too high to get behind the wheel drunk, and with so many helpful options, including designated drivers and car services, you can make sure you have a safe plan for getting home, every time.
Your Kansas City Lawyers Are Here to Help
If you or someone you love have been seriously injured in a drunk driving accident, call the Kansas City Car Accident Lawyers at the Goss Law Firm at 816-888-5000 to speak about your situation for free.
When you call, an experienced lawyer will listen to your story, answer any questions you may have and provide legal advice to help you during this difficult time. There is never a fee for the initial consultation. Our compassionate team is dedicated to protecting your rights and helping you move forward with your life. Give us a call today.
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