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Taking a look at deadly drunk driving crashes

Each year, a devastating number of peoples’ lives are cut short in motor vehicle collisions. In New Mexico, and across the country, some of these accidents are caused by factors that are not a driver’s fault. Unfortunately, many of the deadly traffic collisions that occur were preventable and happened because of reckless behavior, such as driving while impaired due to alcohol use or drugs. Sadly, these drunk driving crashes happen far too often.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an average of 28 Americans pass away each day in a motor vehicle crash which involved a driver who was under the influence of alcohol. During 2014, marijuana use was also seen to increase the likelihood of an accident by 25 percent. Moreover, over 9,900 people lost their lives in traffic collisions that were caused by a drunk driver throughout 2014.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that someone in the U.S. dies due to drunk driving per 53 minutes, on average. In 2015, more than 10,200 people passed away in DUI accidents, a notable increase from the year before. When someone gets behind the wheel after having too much to drink, their intoxication may prevent them from driving safely in a number of ways and puts lives at risk, including their own.

For victims of drunk driving crashes, and the families of those who lose loved ones in these wrecks, it is vital to hold drunk drivers responsible. Sadly, more innocent people will continue to lose their lives because of the poor decisions of negligent drivers.

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