REPORT: FATAL DRUNK DRIVING ACCIDENTS MORE LIKELY AT NIGHT
It should come as no surprise that the number of drunk driving accidents spikes during evening hours. Many people who socialize in Tennessee and across the country do so after-hours. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2011, the number of fatal car crashes caused by drunk drivers was 4.5 times higher at night than they were during the day. The NHTSA also reports that 31 percent of all drivers who caused fatal crashes on the weekends were alcohol impaired, compared to just 15 percent on the weekend.
The report implies that driving at night and on the weekend is a dangerous time due to an increase in the number of fatal accidents that are alcohol-related. However, drunk driving is a risk no matter when and where it occurs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that in 2013, 10,076 people lost their lives due to a drunk driver.
The CDC has proposed several ways to prevent fatal and injurious accidents, including the following:
- Stripping driver’s licenses from people who have a DUI
- Require DUI offenders to take a substance abuse assessment and undergo treatment when necessary
- Raising the price of alcohol by increasing the tax on it
The CDC also suggests the use of sobriety checkpoints. Fortunately, Tennessee is one of 38 states across the country that uses checkpoints to catch drunk drivers.Additionally, Tennessee law enables victims of DUI accidents to hold the negligent driver responsible for damages. The state imposes a one-year statute of limitation from the date of the accident for anyone planning to file a lawsuit.