Nearly 30 people die daily in motor vehicle crashes nationwide involving an alcohol-impaired driver. This works out to be one death every 51 minutes, accounting for about 30 percent of the total motor vehicle fatalities in the country. The cost of alcohol-related crashes is more than $59 billion annually.
In 2013, 10,076 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for nearly one-third (31%) of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.
The District’s laws for impaired driving are clear, police officers are enforcing them, and prosecutors are seeking jail time. There are three distinct impaired driving laws that are enforced by the Metropolitan Police Department:
If you’re arrested and convicted for a first-time impaired driving offense, penalties include:
DC participates in the regional Checkpoint Strikeforce anti-impaired driving public awareness campaign. Checkpoint Strikeforce combines high visibility checkpoints and paid advertising to create awareness of enforcement and educate the public about the dangers and consequences of impaired driving.
Have you made the choice to drive impaired or plan ahead?