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Indiana drunk driving facts

It is no secret that driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs affects the safety of roadways in America. Indiana and all other states are constantly launching awareness campaigns to remind the public of drunk driving accident dangers. However, sometimes it just takes a few simple facts gathered by the government to reveal the depth, breadth and scope of the DUI problem in Indiana.

As a reminder to the population of Indiana, drivers are legally too intoxicated to drive with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism says people can remain within safe driving parameters by limiting their alcohol consumption to half an ounce of alcohol per hour. This equates to a 12-ounce beer, 5 ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces of distilled alcoholic drinks.

Unfortunately, many people over-indulge leading to drunk driving accidents. Consider the following facts:

-- More than 2,000 people died due to drunk driver related accidents in Indiana between 2003 and 2012.-- 1.6 percent of Indiana residents admit to driving after over indulging in alcoholic drinks.-- Approximately one out of every three accident-related deaths in the nation involves a drunk driver.-- Most deaths due to drunk driving-related accidents in Indiana occur in the age range of 21 to 34.-- Alcohol education along with strict drunk driving laws and sobriety checkpoints have been shown to reduce drunk driving accidents across the nation.

As the nation continues to tweak its drunk driving prevention campaigns, victims injured in DUI accidents often feel they have little recourse to recover damages. Fortunately, this is not always the case and a personal injury attorney familiar with drunk driving accidents is the first place to look when seeking justice.

Source: CDC.gov, "Sobering Facts: Drunk Driving in Indiana," accessed June 02, 2015

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