We've started a New Year and it's time to make even more attempts at reducing the risks of drunk driving car accidents in Boston and elsewhere. But before we do, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) would like to take a look at the past year and recognize the achievements made to help to curb these types of accidents.
Our Boston drunk driving car accidents understand that some beneficial changes have been made to help to reduce the risks of alcohol-related car accidents. The truth of the matter is that there were still more than 10,835 people who were killed in these types of accidents in 2009. This is the latest detailed report of accidents available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). During that year, there were nearly 150 alcohol-related traffic fatalities in the state of Massachusetts. With a New Year, we're provided with a clean slate in the fight against these irresponsible drivers and completely preventable accidents.
In 2011, MADD recognizes the following achievements:
-Being able to serve nearly 100,000 survivors, victims and others who have been impacted by either drugged or drunk driving.
-The use of ignition interlock devices reached 15 new states with more strict drunk driving conviction sentences.
-MADD was able to hold the first annual PowerTalk21 Day®.
-The advocacy group celebrated its 5th anniversary of the Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® through its release of the Report to the Nation.
-The number of drunk driving statistics was cut in half for the first since MADD began.
-MADD was able to hold more than 50 Walk Like MADD events nationwide.
MADD says that the fight isn't over just yet. Still, there are more than 10,000 people who are killed in drunk driving car accidents in the country every year. Thousands more are injured in these preventable accidents, too.
With the New Year and with your support, MADD says that it will continue to push for more advanced car features to help to stop alcohol-impaired drivers in their tracks. The advocacy group also says that it will continue to encourage and to help parents to talk with their teenage drivers about the risks that are associated with drinking and driving. Remember that just because our teenagers aren't of legal age to consume alcohol, it doesn't mean that they can't get it and that they won't get behind the wheel after doing so.
That's not all. MADD is also going to continue to push for more sobriety checkpoints around the country, not only on major holidays but randomly throughout the year. They'll be continuing on in the efforts to recruit designated drivers and will continue to offer assistance to those who have experienced one of these tragic events.
If you, someone you love or a family member has been injured or killed in an alcohol-related car accident in Boston or elsewhere in Massachusetts, contact the drunk driving accident lawyers at The Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. Call 877-617-5333.
More Blog Entries:
Party Responsibly in 2012 to Reduce Risks of Drunk Driving Car Accidents in Massachusetts, Boston Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer, January 18, 2012
A New Year with New Risks of Drunk Driving Car Accidents in Massachusetts, Boston Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer, January 16, 2012