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Drunk driving statistics can be sobering

Thirty-six people die from drunk driving accidents every day in the United States. Another 700 are hurt. These accidents cause $51 billion worth of damages. No wonder Colorado police are so strict about enforcing DUI laws.

When it comes to drunk driving-related statistics, there are some important things that every Colorado resident might want to keep in mind. For example, men who are involved in a car accident are two times as likely to be legally intoxicated as women are. Further, younger people are also more at risk of getting into an alcohol-related crash. For example, in 2006, 19 percent of young drivers between the ages of 16 and 20 who were killed in a car crash had been drinking.

Men between the ages of 18 and 20 had the highest chance of driving while drunk compared to other age groups. Meanwhile, in 2006, 17 percent of children aged 13 and under who died in car crashes were involved in an alcohol-related collision.

Motorcyclists should be extra careful about alcohol. Motorcyclists in the age group of 40 to 44 have he highest percentage of drunk driving deaths.

If these statistics regarding drunk driving are not sobering, perhaps little will be. The fact remains that driving while inebriated is extremely dangerous and most people are aware of that fact. It is also illegal.

If you have been charged with a drunk driving-related crime, remember that you have the right to a criminal defense against the charges. Even if you are guilty of the offense, various legal options may be available to you.

Source: National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc., "Alcohol and drug impaired driving," accessed March. 27, 2015

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