The Houston Chronicle recently investigated drunken and drugged driving in metropolitan areas in the U.S. and found that Houston was the worst in the country. According to the Chronicle, the nine counties in the metropolitan Houston area had more fatal drunk driving crashes over the last 16 years than any other major metropolitan area in the U.S.
The Chronicle compared alcohol and drug related fatal crashes in the country’s 12 largest metropolitan areas from 2001 to 2016. The paper reviewed 91,388 fatal crashes where alcohol was involved and 23,314 fatal crashes were drugs were involved. The Chronicle then analyzed the crashes relative to both population and vehicle miles driven. In terms of both per capital population and miles driven, Houston had the highest number of fatal crashes where drugs or alcohol were involved.
Over the last 16 years, drivers and passengers died in more than 3,000 wrecks caused by drunk or drugged drivers, which is about 1,000 more than Los Angeles. Los Angeles has about twice the population of Houston.
The Chronicle believes that Texas is not taking enough measures to stop impaired drivers. According to their research, there are not enough officers assigned to drunk driving enforcement. Treatment facilities are only available for a small portion of impaired drivers. Many drunk drivers choose jail time instead of treatment because of the arduous probation programs. State laws do not do much to supervise chronic drunk drivers once they are out of prison. In some cases, impaired drivers who kill others receive little or no punishment.
Help is available for victims of drunken and drugged drivers in Houston. Besides potentially facing criminal penalties, they can be held liable in civil court. If you or a loved one has been a victim of an impaired driver, you should speak with an attorney. Call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. They can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation.