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How often do people drive while impaired by alcohol?

From financial challenges such as lost wages and very expensive medical bills to painful injuries and the loss of life, auto accidents caused by drunk drivers often lead to a whole host of problems. If you regularly take to the road in New London, or another part of Connecticut, it is pivotal to recognize just how often people drive while under the influence of alcohol.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, estimates show that more than four millions adults in the United States admitted to drunk driving in the past month in 2012. Over the course of the year, it is believed that there were roughly 121 million instances of driving while impaired by alcohol. The 2012 drunk driving survey did not include drivers under the age of 18 and the survey relied on self-reporting, so the actual number of drunk driving instances may have been higher. You should also remember that these statistics do not take into account the number of people who drive while intoxicated by prescription medication and illicit drugs.

There are a number of ways that some drunk drivers can be kept off the road, such as requiring those who have been convicted of drunk driving to use ignition interlock devices, pulling drivers over at sobriety checkpoints and raising awareness about the dangers of drunk driving. Sadly, it is impossible to prevent every drunk driver from getting behind the wheel and putting lives at risk. As a result, drunk drivers remain a serious threat throughout the nation.

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