If you live and drive in New Jersey, you may know that a person who is convicted of a driving while intoxicated offense may end up facing some pretty serious consequences. Depending on the specific circumstances, these consequences may include high fines, the loss of driving privileges, the required use of an ignition interlock device and more. However, it seems that even with these penalties in place, there remains a high number of people who continue to drink and drive.
According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, alcohol was a stated factor in 20% of the states total vehicular fatalities in 2017 alone. One out of five of the 624 people who died in automobile accidents that year did so at the hands of a drunk driver.
In Hunterdon County, drunk drivers were involved in 20% of all fatalities in crashes during the five years spanning 2013 to 2017. Looking at neighboring counties, the problem appears quite severe in Somerset County where alcohol was a contributing factor in almost 25% of all vehicular deaths in those same five years. In Mercer County, drunk driving was involved in close to 22% of all fatalities. Alcohol played a role in more than 18% of deaths in that time in both Morris and Warren Counties.
If you would like to learn more about what you should do after you or a member of your family has been involved in an accident caused by an intoxicated driver, please feel free to visit the drunk driving crash assistance page of our New Jersey motor vehicle accident and personal injury website.