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DUI and MADD – Ask Steve

December 16, 2016

Drinking Friends

What is the Cost of a DUI? To the offender, to the victim and the victim’s family? We are joined by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)

Join us Saturday at 3pm for the Ask Steve radio program on NewsRadio KFBK 1530AM when we address the very important topic of drunk driving this holiday season. Stephen will share a very personal story and be joined by local MADD spokesperson, Rhonda Campbell, on the program. Rhonda is a vocal advocate and volunteer for the Sacramento chapter after losing her sister to a drunk driver in 1981 at the age of 12.

There are many statistics describing the chronic problem of drunk driving in the U.S. but what is the real impact on the victims and the victim’s loved ones?

  • Every two minutes someone is injured in a drunk driving crash
  • In 2015, 10,265 people died in drunk driving crashes – one every 51 minutes – and 290,000 were injured in drunk driving crashes
  • In fatal crashes in 2014, the highest percentage of drunk drivers was for drivers ages 21 to 24 (30 percent), followed by ages 25 to 34 (29 percent) and 35 to 44 (24 percent)
  • Over 1.1 million drivers were arrested in 2014 for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.

Do we in California now face an even higher rate of DUI’s given that Marijuana use has been legalized? Is law enforcement really prepared to handle it? MADD is also on a mission to help prevent drugged driving as well. Drugged driving is not only defined by illegal or illicit drugs but over-the-counter and prescribed medications as well as medicinal and legal marijuana use while operating a vehicle.

Before you head out to celebrate the holidays, make sure and have a plan on how to get home safely. Be responsible. Use the tools that are there like a cab, Uber, and Lyft, free towing services during the holidays or a reliable designated driver.

If you’ve been a victim of a drunk driving crash, please feel free to call Stephen at United Law Center, 916/367-0622, or MADD’s 24-hour hotline, 877/MADD-HELP.

Join us each Saturday on 1530AM NewsTalk KFBK for the Ask Steve Show from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Past show podcasts are available here.

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