Pledge not to drink and drive in 2011; nearly half of all fatal St. Louis car accidents involve alcohol

Pledge not to drink and drive in 2011; nearly half of all fatal St. Louis car accidents involve alcohol

Eleven people were killed in Missouri car accidents over the New Year, which included the Missouri Department of Transportation’s “Drive Clear in the New Year campaign,” which encouraged motorists not to drink and drive.

St. Louis car accident attorneys understand the risks associated with drinking and driving. A staggering 41 percent of all fatal Missouri car accidents involved alcohol in 2008, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Drunk driving accounted for 358 of the state’s 878 traffic fatalities.

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Somewhere in Missouri there is an alcohol-related traffic accident every hour and forty-five minutes. A Missouri motorist is killed in a drunk driving accident every day. Last year, the number of deaths drooped to 281, but still more than 1,100 were seriously injured.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety recently reported that 87 percent of drivers say drinking and driver has become universally socially unacceptable. Yet 10 percent of all drivers admitted to drinking and driving at some point in the past year. And more than half of those acknowledged doing so more than once.

“Drunk drivers put everyone on the road in danger,” said AAA Foundation President and CEO Peter Kissinger. “Driving is both a privilege and a responsibility. Exploring new technologies, such as interlocking devices, are important to ensuring public safety in conjunction with personal responsibility and law enforcement.”

Make this the year that you pledge not to drink and drive. Stick with it and encourage friends and family to make the pledge as well.

If you have been injured in a Missouri car accident, contact St. Louis Injury Attorney Ryan R. Cox for afree and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 636-946-6886.

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