Consuming alcohol slows reaction times and clouds judgement, making it dangerous for a person to drive any motor vehicle after drinking.
Sadly, too many people seem unwilling to believe these realities as they continue to reach for their keys even when under the influence of alcohol, causing havoc for New York families.
Recent headlines highlight the ongoing problem
Two years ago, a Long Island resident drove his vehicle into a group of scouts on a hike while under the influence, injuring three boys and killing one. According to the New York Daily News, that driver was recently sentenced to up to 25 years in prison despite his attempts to request a new trial.
ABC New York indicates that a driver originally charged with a misdemeanor drunk driving offense may face harsher charges now that a woman in the vehicle hit by him has died from her injuries. The three young children of the 30-year-old mother survived the crash but must now grow up without her.
CBS New York reported on how a woman smashed into a home with her large SUV while driving drunk. Her 4-, 5- and 8-year-old daughters were in the vehicle at the time of the crash. Fortunately, her daughters and the occupants of the home survived.
New York sees increase in drunk driving deaths
According to records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2018 saw a notable increase in drunk driving deaths across the state as 33% of all vehicular fatalities that year involved alcohol, up from 29% the prior year. Nationally, alcohol was involved in 29% of accident fatalities in 2018.