Massachusetts State Police have announced DUI checkpoints in Essex County and Suffolk County as authorities work to reduce the risk of Massachusetts drunk driving accidents through the Thanksgiving Holiday.
As our Boston car accident lawyers reported earlier this week, 354 fatal accidents were reported nationwide over the Thanksgiving holiday last year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that someone is killed in a drunk driving accident every 45 minutes.
About one-third of all fatal accidents involve a drunk driver. In 2008, a total of 11,773 motorists were killed in alcohol-related traffic crashes. Massachusetts drunk driving accident killed 141 motorists — or a staggering 42 percent of all traffic fatalities that year.
Mother’s Against Drunk Driving ranks the state 31st out of 50 states in the fight to combat drunk driving.
Statistics for 2009 include:
3-Time Offenders: 22,253
5-Time Offenders: 4,840
Percentage of underage drinkers last 30 days: 33 percent
Underage binge drinkers last 30 days: 23 percent
If you have been injured in a Boston car accident involving a drunk driver, contact Massachusetts Injury Attorney Jeffrey S. Glassman for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 877-617-5333.