According to the LSU Highway Safety Research group, Louisiana has seen a 29 percent decrease in highway traffic deaths since 2007. Much of this reduction is due to the efforts of law enforcement officers who stop drunk drivers before they can potentially cause a car accident.
For their courageous efforts, the Louisiana Highway Commission has decided to honor several law enforcement officers and agencies from Louisiana at a ceremony. Included among the officers awarded for their service is Lafayette, Louisiana’s own Officer Tyler Mitcham of the Lafayette Police Department.
DWI Statistics Reveal Staggering Casualties
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and a 2014 report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a person is killed in a drunk driving accident every 52 minutes. In total, over 10,000 people were killed and about 290,000 were injured nationwide in 2013.
In 2014, Louisiana had 261 fatalities and 3,391 injuries due to drunk drivers. Those numbers could have been much higher if not for officers like Tyler Mitcham and the Lafayette Police Department.
How Many Motorists Drink and Drive?
Almost 30 million Americans have admitted to drinking and driving, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. That number is enormous. If all the people that admitted to drinking and driving had their own state, it would be the second most populous state behind California.
Did You Know? The average drunk driver has driven under the influence around 80 times before his or her first arrest, according to MADD.
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