The website Bankrate.com has a good article about regaining driving privileges after a DUI. Read the article, but here are the opening paragraphs:
Driving under the influence can result in various legal penalties, including high fines, license suspension, and even jail time. In 2019, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recorded 517,731 DUI arrests in the United States. More importantly, drunk driving can seriously injure or kill another driver or pedestrian. More than 10,000 people lose their lives every year to drunk driving.
People who have been convicted of driving under the influence may have a difficult time getting back on their feet, receiving treatment, navigating legal hurdles and reinstating their driver’s license after a DUI, but the following information could help.
Key DUI statistics
The following drunk driving statistics illustrate the immense toll that driving under the influence can take on individuals and communities.
- One alcohol-related death occurs every 52 minutes. (NHTSA)
- Drunk driving causes more than 10,000 deaths every year, about 1/3 of all traffic-related deaths. (NHTSA)
- In a recent year, more than 230 children were killed in drunk-driving crashes, the NHTSA reports. (NHTSA)
- Drinking and driving costs more than $44 billion in deaths and damages annually. (NHTSA)
- To reach the legal level of intoxication, it takes a 180-pound man four drinks and a 120-pound woman just two drinks. (University of Colorado Boulder)
- Texas, California and Florida are the worst states for drinking and driving in the U.S. and also report the most drunk driving fatalities, according to a Bankrate study. (Bankrate)