Unfortunately, our years of experience has given us keen insight into the tragedies that can arise from drinking and driving. When drivers make the decision to get behind the wheel after having too much to drink, the results can be devasting.
Drunk Driving Statistics
In the United States, up to 29 people die from alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes every single day. Approximately one person is killed every 50 minutes.
Alcohol-related vehicular crashes represent 28% of all vehicular deaths in the country.
The big summer holidays mean an increase in traffic-related fatalities by as much as 4 times over a regular weekend.
Consequences Of Drunk Driving
When it comes to driving, almost any amount of alcohol present in your bloodstream can affect your ability to operate a vehicle safely. Even after two or three drinks, you risk causing an accident or injury to others. It’s just not worth the risk.
As a driver, you have a responsibility to use proper judgment and follow the rules of the road. You need to be able to quickly react to any situation. Alcohol consumption can impair these abilities, putting you and others at risk.
Sobo & Sobo has helped victims of virtually every sort of car accident. Here is part of Mary’s story, whose son was killed by a drunk driver:
Michael, Mary’s son, was a passenger in a car driven by a drunk driver. One evening, Michael got into the passenger seat of his best friend’s car thinking that he would be able to keep his inebriated friend safe. As they drove down 17M in Goshen, New York, the car flipped and the passenger side hit a wall which cracked the windshield. It took rescue workers 20 minutes to cut Michael from the vehicle. They rushed him, still breathing, to the hospital, but they were unable to save him.
Mary was worried about her grandchildren, Michael’s two young sons, and what life would be like for them growing up without a father. About a month later, Mary sat with Greg Sobo and shared her story. She found him to be very supportive and really felt that he understood her pain. After that first meeting, she thought to herself “I’m in the right place.”
Mary’s message is simple, yet important: “Never Drink & Drive. Just never do it. Think. Think before you get behind the wheel.”
How To Avoiding Drunk Driving
If you are going to drink, don’t get behind the wheel. If you are out with a group of people, you can select someone to be the designated driver at the start of the evening.
If your designated driver has a drink, don’t get in the car! Call a taxi or a ride-sharing service like Uber.
Having A Party? Below are a few tips to keep your guests safe.
If you are hosting an event and serving alcohol, make sure to provide plenty of non-alcoholic beverages as well.
Have food available. Food helps slow down the rate of alcohol absorption.
Have a designated alcohol cut off time. This will give your guests some time to sober up before having to head home.
If someone seems to be even just a little tipsy as they are headed home, consider arranging for a cab or having that guest share a ride with someone who can drive safely.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a drunk driver, we can help. Give us a call at 1-855-GOT-SOBO. We want to hear your story and help you get the resolution you deserve.