Texting while driving (TWD) has become one of the most common forms of distracted driving across the country. It is estimated that 1,153 people are injured and nine people are killed each day in distracted driving accidents. Each year, more than 3,000 teens are killed in crashes involving texting while driving compared to approximately 2,700 teen deaths in drunk driving accidents. The availability and the constant use of cell phones has rapidly increased the risk for this distraction among teen drivers. [Read more…]
This summer, Anchorage released a devastating statistic: four alcohol-related traffic deaths in two months.
An article in the Alaska Dispatch describes some of the aftermath of legal proceedings following the death of two teenage girls. The fact that the state pursues criminal charges against an impaired driver does not bar either girl’s family from also pursuing a civil action for wrongful death, any medical bills assessed prior to the girls’ deaths, pain and suffering, and loss of consortium. If they had lived, the families would be able to file civil suits for personal injury.
What happens if an intoxicated driver strikes someone that you know–a friend, a family member, or even you? These incidents highlight how another person’s recklessness behind the wheel can financially, physically and emotionally damage another person’s life. Unfortunately, events like these are not entirely uncommon in Alaska. [Read more…]
As many of you know, a drunk diver in Anchorage recently took the lives of two young girls. During the Aug. 16-18 weekend, Anchorage police made 34 DUI arrests as part of a national campaign to crack down on drunk driving.
I recently found statistics from The Century Council: Distillers Fighting Drunk Driving & Underage Drinking.
The most recent numbers are from 2011, but still give a good idea of the gruesome impact driving under the influence has on the Last Frontier. [Read more…]
Drunk driving accidents are unfortunate and life-altering for both the victims and the driver. Despite many states implementing programs to reduce drinking and driving, there are still numerous injuries and deaths around the country linked to alcohol.