According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, in 2000 there were 17,380 alcohol-related deaths among the 41,945 total traffic fatalities. In 2001, there were 17,448 alcohol-related deaths among the 42,116 total traffic fatalities. The ratio stayed at 41 percent, but 68 more people died in 2001.
As the nations most frequently committed violent crime, DUI takes its toll on the young. Among all children ages 0-14 killed in fatal DUI accidents in 2000, nearly half, 223, were passengers in a vehicle driven by someone who had been drinking.
DUI AND THE INNOCENT
Anyone involved in an accident in which another driver was DUI should seek legal counsel. A woman already suffering from a brain injury was struck from behind by a driver who allegedly refused to take a sobriety test, had balance problems, and smelled of alcohol. The jury that heard the case gave the victim an award plus punitive damages.