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Sobering Statistics

Posted by Craig Penrod | Sep 09, 2013 | 0 Comments

SOBERING STATISTICS

  • Male drivers involved in fatal motor vehicle crashes are almost twice as likely as female drivers to be intoxicated with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or greater (NHTSA 2006).  It is illegal to drive with a BAC of 0.08% or higher in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, or a 0.04 in a commercial vehicle requiring a commercial driver license.
  • At all levels of blood alcohol concentration, the risk of being involved in a crash is greater for young people than for older people (Zador, et al. 2000).  In 2005, 16% of drivers ages 16 to 20 who died in motor vehicle crashes had been drinking alcohol (NHTSA 2006).
  • Young men ages 18 to 20 (under the legal drinking age) reported driving while impaired more frequently than any other age group (Schults, et al. 2002, Quinlan, et al. 2005).
  • Among motorcycle drivers killed in fatal crashes, 30% have BACs of 0.08 or greater (Paulozzi, et al, 2004).
  • Nearly half of the alcohol-impaired motorcyclists killed each year are age 40 or older, and motorcyclists ages 40 to 44 have the highest percentage of fatalities with BACs of 0.08% or greater (Paulozzi, et al. 2004).

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Craig Penrod

Craig W. Penrod was born and raised in Arizona and has practiced criminal defense for over 30 years. Mr. Penrod is a member of the State Bar of Arizona, Maricopa County Bar Association, State of Nevada Bar Association, American Bar Association, American Trial Lawyers Association, Arizona Trial Lawyers Association, Nevada Trial Lawyers Association, Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

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