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Drunk driving and its impact on New Jersey

If you live in New Jersey and have been involved in a car accident with a drunk driver, you're not alone. You can seek compensation for the injuries you've suffered, just like these people may have done.

In New Jersey, 1,816 people were killed in crashes involving a drunk driver between 2003 and 2013. Males are more likely to be involved in these crashes than females; data shows males were killed in 2.9 percent of cases and females .9 percent. Nationally, 5.2 percent of men were involved and killed in drunk driving accidents, while 1.5 percent of females were.

What may be more shocking is that nationally, 1.9 percent of people admit to driving after they know they've had too much to drink. In New Jersey, 1.5 percent of people admitted to driving after drinking too much.

What keeps drunken drivers off the roads?

Sobriety checkpoints are one helpful way to keep the roads safer. When police can stop vehicles briefly as they pass through the checkpoint, they have an opportunity to talk to drivers and see if they are impaired. They can give a breath test if they believe the driver is intoxicated. Ignition interlock devices prevent drunk driving for those who have been caught and convicted in the past. These devices are highly effective at preventing repeat drunk driving offenses.

Of course, drunk driving laws are the major deterrent. Driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher is illegal throughout the United States. Those who drive drunk can be arrested and charged; they face penalties like fines and time in prison.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Sobering Facts: Drunk Driving in New Jersey," accessed Aug. 04, 2016

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