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How prevalent are drunk driving deaths?

| Dec 1, 2020 | Personal Injury

Even during the ongoing pandemic, people may celebrate and toast the holidays with a glass of champagne or wine, a favorite beer, a hot toddy or something else. Drunk driving risks during this year’s holiday seasons will continue as realities for everyone.

Whether you live in southeastern Pennsylvania or in New Jersey, you might find it useful to know just how many people die in drunk driving accidents in your own areas.

Pennsylvania’s five-year drunk driving fatality record

According to records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drunk driving fatalities in Pennsylvania accounted for anywhere from 28% to 30% of all vehicular deaths statewide every year between 2014 and 2018. These statistics align closely to the national average for each of those years.

In Montgomery County specifically, 46 people lost their lives at the hands of impaired drivers in the five years spanning 2014 through 2018.

New Jersey’s five-year drunk driving fatality record

During the same five years, Monmouth County recorded 57 deaths in accidents in which alcohol played a contributing role. The county experienced a notable increase in drunk driving deaths from 2017 to 2018. In the former, alcohol-related deaths accounted for 21% of the county’s accident fatalities. In 2018, that rose to 34%.

Statewide, drunk driving deaths in 2017 represented 19% of all accident deaths. In 2018, fatalities in drunk driving crashes accounted for 22% of all crash fatalities.

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give residents in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania and Monmouth County, New Jersey an idea of how drunk drivers continue to plague their neighborhoods.

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