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The sobering effect of driving impaired

Every time a New York resident loses their life in an alcohol-related automobile accident, it is a tragedy. The effect that these accidents have on communities, families and businesses is difficult to quantify.

National statistics show that one person loses their life in alcohol-related motor vehicle accident every 50 minutes. Many of these accidents could be avoided if the drivers took personal responsibility for themselves and their drinking. Educational and advocacy programs have done a good job at highlighting the dangers of drunk driving. As a result of these programs, impaired driving-related fatality rates have declined over the past four decades. Still, reports show that not everyone appreciates the danger of driving while impaired by alcohol.

A report that was made in 2012 showed that 4.2 million adults admitted to driving while impaired within a 30 day timeframe. Each one of these individuals represents a possible danger to fellow passengers, other drivers and innocent pedestrians. In response, the Trump administration has proclaimed December 2017 as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. The purpose of the proclamation is to raise awareness about the dangers of driving impaired, provide sobering statistics on the subject and encourage individuals, communities and businesses to do their part in keeping the roads safe by encouraging sober driving.

A victim in an accident caused by an impaired driver may be entitled to financial compensation for their injuries, damaged property, lost wages, medical bills and other damages. A personal injury attorney would work with the client and help them assess their case.

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