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Statistics show that drunk driving rates may be decreasing

According to two 2014 traffic reports, there has been a significant reduction in the number of drunk drivers in Ohio and throughout the U.S. Federal statistics show that the rates have fallen to a 13-year low.

A 2014 national interview survey was conducted to find out the approximate rate of teens who drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The survey revealed that 11.1 percent of teens admitted to committing this crime. It should be noted that the respondents were self reporting, which can make the results less trustworthy. However, compared to a similar survey conducted in 2002, there has been a 2.4 to 4.1 percent decrease in the number of drunk driving admissions. While this number indicates a positive change in behavioral choices, experts say that there is still room for improvement.

The number of drunk driving crashes and fatalities remains high, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. More than 19,000 drunk driving fatalities occurred between 2014 and 2015. In addition, the 3.148 trillion miles that were reportedly driven during 2015 was an increase from the previous year. Reports indicate a decrease in drunk driving fatalities related to the mileage report. Another 2014 report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration also revealed that those who drove under the influence of drugs or alcohol typically were males between the ages of 21 and 25.

Although evidence of effective traffic safety initiatives was recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, vehicle accidents are still occurring because of negligent drivers. When a driver has been charged with a DUI, a criminal law attorney may be able to evaluate the incident report to investigate statements and develop a case that reveals the facts.

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