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Drunk driving is a top cause of car accidents

Imagine a world in which everybody on the road is 100 percent sober. If this was the case, the number of motor vehicle accidents would not be nearly as great. Unfortunately, despite the law and heavy policing by authorities, there are people who still feel that it's okay to drink and drive.

It only takes a single drunk driver to cause a serious accident that harms or kills one or more people. Mothers Against Drunk Driving hopes to put an end to driving under the influence. The organization shares a variety of statistics on this behavior, including the following:

-- Up to 75 percent of convicted drunk drivers will continue to operate a vehicle on a suspended license.

-- On average, approximately 66 percent of people will be involved in a drunk driving accident at some point in their life.

-- The drunk driving rate is highest among people in the 26 to 29 age group, however, this is something that impacts drivers of all ages.

As you can see, drunk driving remains a big problem in the United States. Any time you are on the road, do your best to stay alert for drunk drivers. This can help you keep your distance, thus avoiding an accident.

If you are involved in an accident with a drunk driver, remove yourself from harm's way and then contact the police. Not only can they call for medical assistance, but they can also test the other party to determine if he or she is legally drunk. This could work in your favor in the future when it comes to receiving compensation for damages.

Source: Mothers Against Drunk Driving, "Drunk Driving Statistics," accessed July 06, 2016

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