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On Behalf of The Foley Law Firm | February 4, 2016

Drinking and driving is currently the most frequently committed crime in the United States. While there are other crimes considered more serious, this one has an impact on the people who drink and drive, others on the road, and the economy as a whole.

Here are some facts, shared by West Virginia University, regarding drunk driving:

-- Approximately 30 percent of Americans will be involved in a drunk driving accident at some point in their life.

-- More than 40 percent of fatal car accidents are related to drinking and driving.

-- Almost half of all accidents that kill a person between the age of 6 and 27 are alcohol related.

There is no denying the fact that drunk driving can lead to serious accidents, injuries and fatalities. But did you know that this also has a serious impact on the economy? Alcohol related accidents in the United States cost taxpayers and governments roughly $51 billion per year. Numbers like this show why authorities are doing whatever they can to curb this problem.

If more people were familiar with the high cost of drunk driving less people would get behind the wheel after they have had too much alcohol. Of course, if this mistake is made, there are things a person can do to avoid serious trouble with the law. The right defense strategy can go a long way in putting this in the past.

As a driver, regardless of age, you should understand the dangers of drinking and driving. However, if you are charged with driving while intoxicated or driving while ability impaired in Colorado, there can be many serious consequences. It's important to fight against such charges to avoid possible jail time, steep fines, probation and more. An attorney can provide you more information on building a strong defense.

Source: West Viriginia University, "The High Cost of Drinking and Driving," accessed Feb. 03, 2016

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