For the past eight years, the law firm of Allen & Allen has provided an incentive not to drink and drive on New Year’s Eve – a sober ride home. Our partnerships this year included Lyft in the Metro Richmond area and Yellow Cab in the Charlottesville area.
“We can make a difference in the safety of our communities by providing a sober ride home this holiday,” says Edward Allen, President of the Allen Law Firm. “At Allen & Allen we have been protecting the injured for more than a hundred years, including the victims of drunk driving. Please, don’t drink and drive. Take a ride on us, instead.”
Check back in December 2020 for more details on this community program.
Drunk Driving is Dangerous
The dangers of driving under the influence are obvious to most drivers, however, those who choose to drink and drive will certainly be sobered by the horrifying facts of DUI statistics that highlight the extreme risks of drinking and driving. If a driver in the metro Richmond area has a crash, there is a 61% chance they will be injured and a 3% chance they will die. In fact, over 50% of all fatal accidents in the Richmond metropolitan area were alcohol-related. These other harrowing statistics from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) should discourage driving under the influence:
- In the U.S., 28 people die every day in drunk driving accidents.
- Men are statistically more likely to drink and drive than women.
- In 2013, fatal accidents involving alcohol were four times more likely to occur at night.
- In the U.S., 1 out of every 139 drivers is arrested annually for driving under the influence.
- Roughly 3 out of every 10 Americans will be in an alcohol-related traffic accident.
- Over 40% of the total number of traffic fatalities each year are alcohol-related.
- Each year, Americans take over 159 million alcohol-impaired driving trips. Over 10% of these trips are made by drivers under the legal drinking age.
- 50% to 75% of convicted drunk drivers continue to drive on a suspended license.
- A drunk driver has driven drunk an average of 80 times before their first arrest.
- Every two minutes someone is injured in a drunk driving accident.
- Nationally 21 to 25-year-olds have the highest rates of drinking and driving (23.4%).
- One-third of drivers who are convicted or arrested for DUI are repeat offenders.