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Drunk driving death realities in Louisiana

Louisiana residents may have an infectious joy for life and a zest for celebrating but that does not negate the responsibility that every person who drives a motor vehicle has to act responsibly. People who make the choice to get behind the wheel of a car or other vehicle after consuming alcohol put themselves and countless other innocent people at risk. Just how big of a problem is drunk driving in Louisiana?

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drunk drivers kill more people per capita in Louisiana than the rest of the nation. In 2012 alone, there were 3.3 people out of every 100,000 killed by drunk drivers around the country. In Louisiana, that number was 5.2 per 100,000. The disparity can be seen across all age groups as well.

For people 20 years old and younger, the fatalities numbered 1.3 per 100,000 nationally and 2.8 per 100,000 in the state. Deaths for those 21 to 34 in the U.S. and in Louisiana were 6.7 and 8.6 per 100,000, respectively. Fatalities among people 35 or older, the national rate per 100,000 was 3.1 and the state rate was 5.1 per 100,000 persons.

Between 2003 and 2012, a total of 3,046 people lost their lives in Louisiana at the hands of drunk drivers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration records show that the number of deaths in accidents involving alcohol continue to represent a large share of overall traffic deaths. In 2015, 245 out of 726 vehicular fatalities were attributed to crashes in which alcohol was a factor. In 2014, that number was 247 out of 740. In 2013, 232 people out of 703 died in drunk driving accidents.




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