It could be said that New York City faces problems when its drivers decide to get behind the wheel after drinking. Along with that, it also has some potentially startling statistics. If you weren’t aware of the issues drunk driving can bring about in your city, you may want to keep reading.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), New York stands out in a few areas when it comes to drunk driving statistics. For example, when compared to the national average, New York residents report driving after drinking too much only .5 percent less than the national average of 1.9 percent.
When it comes to fatalities, the national average states that every 1 in 3 traffic-related deaths involves a drunk driver. 3,752 New York drivers were killed between the years 2003 and 2012. The age group most likely to be impacted was 21-34, reflecting a similar pattern to the national average.
It has also been shown that men are at a much higher risk for fatal alcohol-related accidents than women. 2.7 men in a 100,000 population sample is likely to die, while 0.8 women face the same dangers. This is also reflective of the national average.
Sobriety check points are allowed in New York, which are used to help tamp down on alcohol-related driving problems. Massive social media campaigns and an attention to bring awareness to the issue has helped to lower the total number of accidents, but they continue to be high.
If you have been involved in any alcohol-related accident, knowing how to handle the aftermath can also be useful.