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Phone: 860-333-5797 | Toll Free: 800-693-9147
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Rising DUI fatality rates spark new legislation

On Behalf of | Apr 5, 2022 | Car Accidents |

In Connecticut and across the United States, road safety has been negatively impacted by many factors in recent years. That includes distracted driving, speeding, recklessness, the size of vehicles making collisions worse and drowsy driving. However, for many years, drivers who were under the influence of alcohol was a primary cause for auto accidents with injuries and fatalities. Connecticut in unique in that it is one of the few states in the nation that allows for open containers of alcohol in vehicles for people 21 and older if they are not driving. Now, with a troubling increase in DUI-related fatalities, that may change. Still, people who head out should be cognizant of the chance that they will encounter a driver who is under the influence and may cause a crash.

Bill would ban open containers in moving vehicles

The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) is supporting an attempt to change that law, largely because of an uptick if fatal DUIs in the past several years. Forty-one states outlaw the practice. It is believed that drivers who are drinking alcohol are prone to saying that the open container belongs to a passenger to avoid being tested and facing arrest for drinking and driving. Often, an open container is an irresistible temptation to some drivers.

The statistics that spurred this potential change show that Connecticut led the nation in DUI-related fatality percentage in 2017 with 43% of fatal accidents having at least one driver who registered 0.08% blood alcohol content or more. In 2020, the Department of Transportation reported that 40% of fatal crashes throughout the U.S. involved DUI. The fatality statistics for 2021 are still being compiled and assessed. If passed, the law would begin on Oct. 1.

After a fatal accident, knowing the cause can be imperative

Given the litany of problems that come about after an auto accident with potentially catastrophic injuries, death, financial ramifications, the emotional impact and more, knowing the cause may be vital when determining how to proceed. If it was due to a drunk driver, that could be a crucial aspect when seeking compensation for all that was lost. A full investigation must be conducted to assess the situation, gather evidence and decide what steps to take. Contacting those who understand these issues can be essential.

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