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Drunk Driving Facts

Posted on in DUI Defense

Illinois DUI attorneyWe live in a society where we often believe that drinking and driving is glamorous. Many movies and TV shows try to portray driving drunk as a part of everyday life. Unfortunately, reality is nothing like the movies. If a person is caught drinking and driving, he or she may be charged with a DUI, likely causing the driver to pay heavy fines, spend time behind bars, and even lose driving privileges.

If a person has made plans to drink, then he or she should plan ahead as to get home safely. Getting behind the wheel after having a few drinks can cause so many unthinkable risks that could drastically impact quality of life.

Why Do People Drink and Drive?

Drinking and driving is often influenced by family and friends, accounting for about one-third of all decisions to go behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. There are many reasons as to why people believe they can drink and drive with no consequences:

  • People who have had too much to drink may feel encouraged to drive because no one planned to have a designated driver;
  • There was no one available who was completely sober; or
  • No one wanted to drive, even if they were less impaired than others.

People who have gone behind the wheel after drinking may think they can do so very well, no matter what the consequences may be. They may have done this enough times that they believe that they become immune to potentially being charged with a DUI.

Who Is More Likely to Commit a DUI?

In the early 2010’s, men were held accountable for 80 percent of DUI charges, with 32 percent of drunk driving episodes occurring in men between the ages of 21 and 34, also known as the high-risk group. Approximately 85 percent of all reported drunk driving incidents are caused by a male who has had at least five alcoholic beverages in a short time window or a female who has had at least four drinks.

In Illinois alone, drivers under 21 are involved in about 17 percent of alcohol-related crashes that cause a death. If anyone underage is caught driving with any amount of alcohol in their system, then his or her driving privileges will be suspended.

Contact an Oakbrook Terrace DUI Defense Attorney

It is not the best idea to drink alcohol and get behind the wheel, as you could potentially lose all driving rights and overall quality of life. If you or a loved one has been charged with a DUI, then it is best to consult legal assistance.

At McMahon Law Offices, we have over 25 years of experience in the DUI defense practice, and we have what it takes to get started on your case and assist you in winning the best case results possible. To get the help you deserve, please call a DuPage County DUI defense lawyer at 630-953-4400 for a free initial consultation.

 

Sources:

http://www.isp.state.il.us/traffic/drnkdriving.cfm

https://icsw.nhtsa.gov/people/outreach/traftech/1995/TT094.htm

http://www.drunkdrivingstats.org/menversuswomendrunkdrivingstatistics.html

DuPage County Bar Association Illinois State Bar Association 9.9Michael Francis McMahon Illinois Prosecutors Bar Association Michael Francis McMahonReviewsout of 6 reviews
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