Drunk Driving Accident in Bowie Causes Six FatalitiesMarch 25, 2019
According to Maryland State Police, five children and one adult were fatally injured in a drunk driving accident on February 2, 2019. Police report that the Chrysler Pacifica veered off the road and hit several trees before coming to a stop in a field. The sole survivor of the crash was the driver of the car, who police say had a blood alcohol content level more than twice the legal limit of 0.08. The children, who ranged in age from five to 15, were pronounced dead at the scene. A sixth victim was rushed to a nearby hospital but died on February 18th after being taken off life support. This tragic accident could have been avoided if the intoxicated driver had not gotten behind the wheel. Unfortunately, none of the children were properly restrained, which caused them to be thrown from the vehicle upon impact. The driver of the vehicle only suffered minor injuries.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 10,265 drunk driving-related fatalities in the United States in 2015. In Maryland, over one-third of all fatal car accidents were caused by drunk driving. The following statistics highlight just how dangerous drunk driving is, and how one bad decision can have devastating consequences:
- Close to 30 people are fatally injured in drunk driving accidents every day
- Someone is injured in a drunk driving accident every two minutes
- Up to 75 percent of convicted drunk drivers continue to drive, even though they have a suspended driver’s license
- By the time an average drunk driver is arrested, they have likely driven drunk more than 80 times
- Drunk driving accidents are completely preventable
Penalties for a DUI
If charged with driving under the influence (DUI) in Maryland, the penalties can range from a license suspension to jail time. If it is a first offense, the penalties include a six-month license suspension, a $1,000 fine, and 12 points added to the person’s driver’s license. In addition, the individual will be required to participate in an Alcohol Education Program and install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle. A second offense involves a one-year license suspension, a $2,000 fine, 12 points added to the driver’s license, and mandatory participation in the ignition interlock device program and an alcohol abuse program. In addition, a second offense will result in mandatory jail time ranging from five days to two years. People with three or more offenses face even more serious penalties.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims of Drunk Driving Accidents
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