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Drunk driving kills too many in New Jersey

Law Offices of James M. Curran

People who are on New Jersey’s roadways have a bit of good news – the rate of death for drunk driving crashes is lower here than it is nationally. This doesn’t mean that the roadways are totally safe. There is still a risk of coming into contact with an impaired driver, but you are less likely to here.

Across the nation, the rate of deaths due to drunk driving crashes is 3.3 individuals per 100,000 people in the population. That rate is only 1.8 people per 100,000 in New Jersey. As is the case nationally, males are more likely to die because of drunk driving, and the age group most likely to perish because of this type of wreck is from 21 to 34 years old.

Fewer adult drivers in New Jersey report that they’ve driven after drinking too much within 30 days prior to being surveyed. Only 1.5% of survey respondents in New Jersey noted this; however, that rate was 1.9% nationally.

New Jersey takes a harsh stance against drunk drivers, but some still slip through the cracks. Saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints are two of the primary methods of spotting these drivers and arresting them. All patrolmen watch for signs of impairment, which can lead to a traffic stop.

When a drunk driver causes a crash, the victims might be left holding the financial responsibility for the incident. They can seek compensation from the driver so that the liable parties are the ones who have to cover those costs. There really isn’t a reason why an innocent person should be left footing the bill for the actions of a person who chooses to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol.

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