According to a study by carinsurance.com, Wisconsin ranks as the fourth most dangerous state for drunk driving. The study looks at multiple factors causing drunk driving including: level of alcohol consumption, severity of DUI laws, cost per drunk driving fatality and number of DUI arrests. The overall findings of the study show that North Dakota had the worst combination for drunk driving and, despite efforts to curb drunk driving, Wisconsin ranked as the fourth worst state for drunk driving, putting residents at a very high risk of a drunk driving accident. Some of the factors that lead Wisconsin into the fourth-place ranking included the overall low severity of DUI penalties in Wisconsin and the high level of alcohol consumption.
Although Wisconsin has implemented an above average number of drunk driving check points throughout the state, the low level of penalty for first time DUI offenders cancels out the positive benefits of those checkpoints. The study proves that drunk driving has no “easy fix” and highlights the many different factors contributing to the drunk driving epidemic in the United States. Some experts believe action needs to come from a legislative level, making DUI penalties more severe, while others believe drunk driving should be addressed at an environmental and social level. Although there is no clear answer, the study reveals the importance of finding a multi-faceted response to drunk driving which addresses a combination of legislative, social and educational solutions.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) cites the widespread prevalence of drunk driving across the nation and reveals that every two minutes, a person is injured in a drunk driving accident. Every day, another 27 people die because of drunk driving crashes. Drunk driving continues to represent a serious and deadly problem in the United States and action must be taken to combat those deaths. Not only is drunk driving a safety problem, but it is also a large economic cost within states. According to statistics provided by MADD, drunk driving costs the average adult $500 every year through taxes. In Wisconsin alone, tax payers pay $890,000,000 for subsidies of drunk driving.
The continuous economic strain of drunk driving creates a significant incentive for states to pass stricter drunk driving laws. However, there will continue to be accidents on the road until drunk driving is completely eradicated. If you or a loved one has been involved in a drunk driving accident, contact an attorney immediately to help you navigate the legal process following your incident. Steve Caya, an experienced Janesville personal injury attorney can help guide you through the appropriate legal steps. Drunk Driving accidents can carry serious economic and physical consequences and Steve Caya can help limit the financial strain you may face after being involved in an accident.