Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Sobering figures concerning Hispanic Drunk Driving and it's Dangers

You'll Never Catch me Driving & Texting, Hic!

From the Journal of Studies on Alchol and Drugs :
Drinking and driving poses a great danger for Hispanics in Texas, where they make up over one third of the population. Key statistics shown below are for the year 2008:
  • 36% of all DUI fatalities in Texas in 2009 occurred in crashes were a Hispanic driver was under the influence of alcohol. (TxDOT, CRIS)
  • 14,643 Hispanic drivers in Texas were involved in alcohol related crashes in 2009. Of these, 72% were under the influence of alcohol.(TxDOT, CRIS)
  • 29% of all Hispanic DUI drivers involved in crashes in 2009 had a blood alcohol level of .08 or above. (TxDOT, CRIS)
  • Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for Hispanics one to 44 years of age, and 15 percent of U.S.-born Mexican Americans had a DUI within the past 12 months.

These are very startling numbers and may be one of the reasons the state of Texas has started re-considering a law calling for sobriety checkpoints during the coming legislative session. You know Laredo would probably have checkpoints every weekend. What? everyday? Is it that bad?

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