As 2013 starts to wind down and we prepare for 2014, it is important to reflect not only on the year that is concluding and on the year ahead, but also on the year that is immediately behind us. At this point in 2013, we know more about what really happened on Kansas roads during 2012. We know more about recent Kansas drunk driving statistics, and it is important that we use that knowledge to prevent drunk driving deaths over this holiday season and in the year to come.
What the 2012 Drunk Driving Statistics Tell Us
Here is what we know now about 2012 Kansas drunk driving statistics:
- 94 people died in Kansas drunk driving crashes during 2012.
- Fewer Kansans died in drunk driving accidents during 2012 than in 2011. In 2011, 114 people died in drunk driving wrecks.
- Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) has stated that the reason for the drop in drunk driving deaths was “primarily” the implementation of the Kansas ignition interlocking device law that requires every person convicted of a DUI in Kansas to have such a device in their vehicle.
MADD is now encouraging Kansas lawmakers to take action to make the ignition interlocking device law permanent. Currently, the law has a sunset provision scheduled for 2015.
The Story the Statistics Don’t Tell You
While it is certainly good news that fewer people died in 2012 Kansas drunk driving wrecks, it is important to remember that 94 lives were lost and that many people were left grieving from someone’s decision to drink and drive. The statistics don’t tell you about the unfinished lives of those who died or the spouses, children, parents and others who are left mourning.
Our Kansas City car accident lawyers extend our deepest sympathies to all those who have been impacted by drunk driving accidents and we encourage you to contact us at (816) 471- 5111 or (888) 348-2616 to talk to us about your rights and possible recovery. We also encourage you to read our FREE book, Don’t Wreck Your Injury Claim, to learn more.