Don’t Be a DUI Statistic

There are few phrases more cliché than “Don’t become a statistic.” The phrase implies wrong action on your part will result in you becoming a portion of a percentage that represents a consequence you most likely do not want to be associated with.

Vague, right? Even when the statement is clarified by a specific punishment the questions who?, how?, and why? are rarely answered. If people do not understand how to avoid becoming a statistic, how can they actually do it? For example, nobody wants to join the percentage of Washington state drivers who are charged with a DUI this year, yet that percentage is still a significant number. Let us look at some facts (source):

  • Amount of DUI Arrests in 2008 – 40,205 drivers
  • Fatal Accidents involving at least one driver with BAC above the legal limit in 2008 – 163 accidents
  • Fatal Accidents involving at least one driver with BAC over 0.01% in 2008 – 225 accidents
  • Ratio of DUI arrests to licensed Drivers in 2008 – 3 in every 100,000 drivers

How Can You Avoid Becoming a DUI Statistic?

An ounce of prevention is all it takes. Here are a few basic guidelines that can keep you out of trouble:

Always have safe transportation.

This is the first and most important step in avoiding DUIs. Plan ahead! Choose a member of your party to be the designated sober driver, plan your route with public transportation, or save the number of the local taxi company. The better your plan, the less likely you will feel compelled to get behind the wheel of a vehicle.

Know your limits.

Alcohol causes people to lose control. Inhibitions are stifled and decisions become rash and illogical. Some individuals become obstinate and insist on driving after excessive alcohol consumption. This may seem like backwards thinking, because it is. Know your limits when drinking alcoholic beverages. Do not over-consume and put yourself in danger of making dangerous decisions.

Get a DUI lawyer

Even if you have been arrested for a DUI, it is not time to give up. Not every DUI arrest results in a conviction. Find a lawyer experienced in DUI law and fight the case! There is always a way to avoid becoming just another statistic.