Studies show that cities and towns were substance abuse programs were established, the number of automobile accidents were reduced from anywhere from 8 to 13 percent. This is a positive since, each year, there are over 30,000 motor
vehicle fatalities in the U.S. with over 30% being alcohol or drug related. Several hindrances have been put into place in the past to discourage people from driving while high or intoxicated. For example, alcohol taxes, not selling liquor on Sundays, revoking driver license, and raising the legal drinking age are just a few.
With the number of auto deaths on the rise, the state and federal government have stepped in. By putting on the books such laws as making seat belts mandatory, enforcing the speed limit, and rising the cost of insurance, the government is helping to do its part in reducing fatal car accidents. Some counties are known to be “dry” counties, prohibiting the sale of alcohol. However, some motorists bypass this by going to the next town or city and purchasing liquor and drugs. Still, research shows that being a “dry” county does typically reduce the number of automobile accidents every year.
Alcohol taxes seem to have a positive effect on reducing the number of fatal accidents, especially in towns were the average income is low and people usually don’t have any extra money to pay an excess tax. In smaller towns, drivers don’t want to get their license taken away as well. Besides not having any public transportation, the probability of getting caught driving on a suspended license is higher than a driver in a larger metropolitan area.
If you are ever in the need for some assistance or advice in an alcohol or drug related auto accident, contact a personal injury attorney immediately. Their knowledge and expertise can assist you in getting the justice you deserve.