• Deadliest DUI Accident in the USA History

    Driving under the influence (DUI), drunk driving or driving while intoxicated (DWI) is the act of driving a motor vehicle with blood levels of alcohol in excess or above the specified limit. In some or most countries of the world, this is considered a criminal offense. In the history of road accidents, DUI is one of the highest reasons of such accidents on the roads. Here is a list of the deadliest, worst road accidents due to DUI.

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrollton,_Kentucky_bus_collision Carrolton, Kentucky Bus Collision -One of the deadliest bus accident in the US history

    -Larry Wayne Mahoney, a drunk driver of a pickup truck travelling on the wrong direction with a high speed, collided head-on with a school bus used as a church bus. The initial crashes was exacerbated when the fuel tank of the bus ignited that blocked the front loading door of the bus.

    -27 dead people, 34 injured, 6 unharmed of the 67 passengers

    http://www.scarlettlawgroup.com/teen-girl-killed-in-san-jose-dui-accident.html San Jose DUI Car Accident -Jordan Michelle West, 16 year old girl was a passenger of a vehicle driven by a drunken 17 year old girl.

    – 3 passengers are also in the vehicle; the driver admitted to a witness that she was drinking that time

    44 Year Old Man DUI Accident -a 44 year old man entered a plea of no contest in California court due to second degree murder charge coming from one of the deadliest DUI incident of 2009

    -the defendant was alleged by the prosecutor to be driving on his way home in his Nissan X-Terra at 70 mi/hr. The Nissan was alleged to drift left and crossed the center of the traffic and into a 2000 Ford Mustang killing all 3 passengers one of which is 12 year old boy.

    In 2006, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) releases a statistics on the number of drunk driving related incidents in the United States in 2006. There were a total of 16,885 deaths related to alcohol. “Drunk driving is one of America’s deadliest crimes,” said Maria Cino, Acting secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation. According to the statistics, 39% of all traffic accidents related to drunk driving. California has the highest number of alcohol-related deaths at 1,719 up from 2004. Texas was second at 1,569 but was down from 1,704 fatalities in 2004. Alaska and Vermont has the lowest number at 31 and 32 alcohol-related accidents.

    After releasing this statistics, the NHTSA revealed their plan to reduce these drunk driving incidents by implementing the “Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest”, the largest campaign advertised to combat drunk driving. The advertisement focused on specific targets having men 21-34 years old as the group that represents the highest percentage of drunk drivers (33% of all drunk driving incidents) and men 35-44 as the second highest group at 25%.

    All the 50 states of America and even Puerto Rico apply two statutory offenses to DUI: the first and the original, is the driving under the influence (DUI), driving while intoxicated /impaired (DWI), or operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated/impaired (OWI). This will be based on the police observations on the driver (slurred speech, driving behavior, the results of a roadside sobriety test etc).  The second offense is called “illegal per se” which is driving with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of 0.08g/dL or higher. Since 2002, the 50 states considered illegal to drive with a BAC of 0.08 or higher for they are already considered alcohol-impaired.

    Below are statistics referring to alcohol-related accidents in the United States of America:

    ALCOHOL-RELATED DEATHS IN THE US SINCE 1982

    TOTAL FATALITIES

    ALCOHOL-RELATED FATALITIES

    YEAR

    NUMBER

    NUMBER

    PERCENT

    1982

    43,945

    26,173

    60

    1983

    42,589

    24,635

    58

    1984

    44,257

    24,762

    56

    1985

    43,825

    23,167

    53

    1986

    46,087

    25,017

    54

    1987

    46,390

    24,094

    52

    1988

    47,087

    23,833

    51

    1989

    45,582

    22,424

    49

    1990

    44,599

    22,587

    51

    1991

    41,508

    20,159

    49

    1992

    39,250

    18,290

    47

    1993

    40,150

    17,908

    45

    1994

    40,716

    17,308

    43

    1995

    41,817

    17,732

    42

    1996

    42,065

    17,749

    42

    1997

    42,013

    16,711

    40

    1998

    41,501

    16,673

    40

    1999

    41,717

    16,572

    40

    2000

    41,945

    17,380

    41

    2001

    42,196

    17,400

    41

    2002

    43,005

    17,524

    41

    2003

    42,643

    17,013

    40

    2004

    42,518

    16,919

    39

    2005

    43,443

    16,885

    39

    2006

    42,532

    15,829

    37

    2007

    41,059

    15,387

    37

    2008

    37,261

    13,846

    37

    DRIVING AND DRIVING FATALITIES BY STATE IN 2008 (RANKED BY THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF ALCOHOL-RELATED DEATHS)

    STATE

    TOTAL FATALITIES

    ALCOHOL RELATED-FATALITIES

    NUMBER

    PERCENT

    Texas

    3,382

    1,463

    43

    California

    3,434

    1,198

    35

    Florida

    2,978

    1,041

    35

    Pennsylvania

    1,468

    578

    39

    North Carolina

    1,433

    500

    35

    Georgia

    1,493

    489

    33

    South Carolina

    920

    463

    50

    Illinois

    1,043

    434

    42

    Ohio

    1,190

    415

    35

    New York

    1,231

    409

    33

    Louisiana

    912

    404

    44

    Tennessee

    1,035

    386

    37

    Alabama

    966

    367

    38

    Virginia

    824

    365

    44

    Missouri

    960

    364

    38

    Michigan

    980

    331

    34

    Arizona

    937

    329

    35

    Mississippi

    783

    297

    38

    Oklahoma

    749

    274

    37

    Indiana

    814

    250

    31

    Wisconsin

    605

    250

    41

    Kentucky

    826

    226

    27

    Washington

    521

    225

    43

    Arkansas

    600

    205

    34

    Colorado

    548

    202

    37

    New Jersey

    590

    197

    33

    Maryland

    591

    186

    31

    Minnesota

    456

    161

    35

    Oregon

    416

    159

    38

    Kansas

    385

    157

    41

    Massachusetts

    363

    151

    42

    West Virginia

    380

    142

    37

    Nevada

    324

    121

    37

    New Mexico

    366

    118

    32

    Iowa

    412

    113

    27

    Connecticut

    264

    104

    40

    Montana

    229

    103

    45

    Idaho

    232

    93

    40

    Nebraska

    208

    75

    36

    Wyoming

    159

    75

    47

    Utah

    275

    55

    20

    New Hampshire

    139

    53

    38

    North Dakota

    104

    52

    50

    Hawaii

    107

    50

    46

    Delaware

    121

    49

    40

    Maine

    155

    47

    30

    South Dakota

    119

    41

    34

    Rhode Island

    65

    29

    45

    Alaska

    62

    24

    38

    Vermont

    73

    15

    21

    Dist of Columbia

    34

    13

    39

    National

    37,261

    13,846

    37

    Puerto Rico

    399

    162

    41

    ALCOHOL-IMPAIRED MOTOR VEHICLE FATALITIES IN THE US FOR 2008

    STATE

    TOTAL FATALITIES

    BAC=.08+

    NUMBER

    NUMBER

    PERCENT

    Texas

    3,382

    1,269

    38

    California

    3,434

    1,029

    30

    Florida

    2,978

    875

    29

    Pennsylvania

    1,468

    496

    34

    North Carolina

    1,433

    423

    30

    Georgia

    1,493

    416

    28

    South Carolina

    920

    403

    44

    Illinois

    1,043

    362

    35

    Ohio

    1,190

    356

    30

    New York

    1,231

    341

    28

    Louisiana

    912

    338

    37

    Tennessee

    1,035

    327

    32

    Alabama

    966

    315

    33

    Virginia

    824

    294

    36

    Missouri

    960

    310

    32

    Michigan

    980

    282

    29

    Arizona

    937

    266

    28

    Mississippi

    783

    266

    34

    Oklahoma

    749

    244

    33

    Indiana

    814

    208

    26

    Wisconsin

    605

    208

    34

    Kentucky

    826

    200

    24

    Washington

    521

    182

    35

    Arkansas

    600

    171

    28

    Colorado

    548

    173

    32

    New Jersey

    590

    154

    26

    Maryland

    591

    152

    26

    Minnesota

    456

    135

    30

    Oregon

    416

    136

    33

    Kansas

    385

    145

    38

    Massachusetts

    363

    124

    34

    West Virginia

    380

    128

    34

    Nevada

    324

    107

    33

    New Mexico

    366

    105

    29

    Iowa

    412

    89

    22

    Connecticut

    264

    86

    32

    Montana

    229

    91

    40

    Idaho

    232

    78

    34

    Nebraska

    208

    55

    27

    Wyoming

    159

    67

    42

    Utah

    275

    46

    17

    New Hampshire

    139

    45

    32

    North Dakota

    104

    47

    46

    Hawaii

    107

    42

    39

    Delaware

    121

    45

    37

    Maine

    155

    43

    28

    South Dakota

    119

    34

    29

    Rhode Island

    65

    25

    38

    Alaska

    62

    21

    33

    Vermont

    73

    12

    16

    Dist of Columbia

    34

    9

    26

    National

    37,261

    11,773

    32

    Puerto Rico

    399

    132

    33

    According to NHTSA, “A motor vehicle crash is considered to be alcohol-related if at least one drive ror non-occupant (such as a pedestrian or pedalcyclist) involved in the crash is determined to have a BAC of .01 gram per deciliter (g/dL) or higher”. Thus, any fatality in an alcohol-related crash is considered an alcohol-related fatality.

    If you know more alcohol-related incidents that are not mentioned here, please feel free to comment and add that in this article. Also, if you know groups that fight DUI incidents please include them here. Let’s help each other in combating DUI accidents.

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