Each day, lives are changed in various ways after people are hit by drunk drivers. In New London, and all over Connecticut, these crashes claim lives and result in debilitating injuries. In fact, you may be surprised to find out how many DUI cases there are in this state on an annual basis.
The Connecticut Judicial Branch reports that more than 10,400 people were charged with drunk driving over the course of fiscal year 2014 to 2015. Among these DUI cases, over 3,300 drivers were found guilty while 6,204 cases were dismissed. However, it is very important to realize that those charged with DUI for the first time are able to have their case dismissed by finishing an alcohol awareness program.
In previous years, an even greater number of people were charged with driving while drunk in the state. For example, there were 13,169 DUI cases in Connecticut alone during fiscal year 2008 to 2009. To make matters worse, many people who operate a motor vehicle while intoxicated because of alcohol or drugs are not caught. Unfortunately, they put their own lives at risk as well as the lives of others on the road.
Even though drunk driving accidents can be prevented, there will continue to be drivers who act irresponsibly and get behind the wheel after having one too many. When these drivers cause a crash, it is essential for victims to stand up for their rights. By raising awareness and keeping drunk drivers off the road, many of the injuries and fatalities that occur can be avoided.