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Drunk driving in Connecticut: The facts

Drunk driving causes hundreds of accidents in Connecticut each year. If you've been a victim of these collisions, you know that you deserve to be represented and to claim the compensation you need to get your medical care and lost wages covered.

How serious is drunk driving in Connecticut, though? According to statistics from 2003 through 2012, around 1,039 people were killed in crashes involving a drunken driver. Most of the people killed in 2012 were between the ages of 21 and 34 with 5.9 people killed per population of 100,000.

Males are more likely to be involved in these collisions. What's more interesting is the percentage of adults who report driving after drinking too much. Nationally, around 1.9 percent of adults admit to driving after becoming intoxicated, while around 2.1 percent of people in Connecticut report doing the same.

Because drunk driving is such a concern, it's important to understand what is being done to prevent and stop it from taking place. Some common strategies being implemented today include sobriety checkpoints, which allow the police to stop all vehicles at a specific and highly visible location, ignition interlock devices, which prevent those who are intoxicated from turning on their vehicles, and mass media campaigns discussing the dangers of drunk driving are all helpful.

After being in an accident with a drunk driver, knowing that your safety is being taken seriously is important. Your attorney can help you make sure the drunk driver is facing the right consequences for the actions that left you injured or mourning a loved one's death.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Sobering Facts: Drunk Driving in Connecticut," accessed March 09, 2016

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