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Looking at the prevalence of drunk driving

On Behalf of | Nov 24, 2021 | Blog, Drunk Driving

If you are currently facing charges for operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, you should know that you are not alone. On an annual basis, law enforcement officials apprehend many drivers in Massachusetts and across the country for drunk driving.

Sometimes, drivers are wrongly accused of OUI, while others face challenges as a result of the violation of their legal rights during a traffic stop.

How many people face drunk driving charges?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, law enforcement officials apprehended more than one million drivers for operating a vehicle while intoxicated due to alcohol or drugs. However, far more people drive drunk, even though most instances of drunk driving do not result in an arrest. In fact, the CDC states that every year, more than 100 million episodes of drunk driving occur, based on estimates from a study carried out between 1993 and 2014.

What else should people understand about drinking and driving?

Sometimes, drivers find themselves facing drunk driving charges even though they did not realize they were over the legal limit. For example, drivers under the age of 21 can face charges with a minute amount of alcohol in their system due to zero-tolerance laws. Moreover, some drivers do not realize how much alcohol is in mixed drinks, placing them over the legal limit.

The outcome of a drunk driving case could have a negative impact on your life in many ways, from career setbacks to challenges in your personal life. Make sure you go over strategies to increase the odds of a more favorable outcome in court.