Government statistics show that the state of Georgia ranks fairly high when it comes to fatal motor vehicle crashes that involve intoxicated drivers. About an average of 320 people die each year in the state from such accidents.
Several factors go into which drivers face the greatest risk of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Young and male
Using a number of government sites, the Forbes Advisor reports that drunk driving in the U.S. remains common, though incidents show a mostly downward trend since 1982. In a typical year, male drivers who get behind the wheel after drinking far outpace the number of impaired female drivers. Male drivers drive intoxicated 80% more than females.
Young drivers also tend to drive while inebriated more than older drivers. Drivers between the ages of 21 to 24 account for 27% of drunk drivers, while those aged between 25 to 34 account for 25% of drunk drivers. Teens also have a high rate of driving while impaired. One statistic shows that 24% of fatal crashes involving drivers 15 to 20 years old cited alcohol as a possible factor.
At night and on the weekend
A significant percentage of fatal crashes at night, around 32%, involved alcohol. Also, weekends saw a higher-than-average incidence of drunk driving, with a doubling of alcohol-related crashes during this period.
Drivers in these categories, as well as all drivers, should understand the risks and consequences of impaired driving in Georgia. A better understanding of these factors could save lives and reduce injuries on the road, as well as keep individuals out of legal jeopardy.