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Do drunk driving fatalities happen often in Nevada?

We have all heard the horror stories surrounding what happens when a person decides to get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol. Sometimes people make it home okay without an accident or injuries. Other times that person, and others on the road, aren’t so lucky. Mothers Against Drunk Driving is an organization that strives to eliminate drunk driving accident fatalities and injuries on Nevada roads.

There is a few ways MADD goes about their initiative. One way is to keep track of the current drunk driving accident fatality statistics. This aids MADD in tracking and determining the amount of drunk driving accidents and fatalities occurring on Nevada roads each year. Then, the statistics can be compared side-by-side in hopes of decreasing the number of accidents and deaths.

According to MADD’s most recent data, 79 people were killed in drunk driving related accidents in Nevada last year. That is 79 people too many, since drunk driving accidents are seen as a completely preventable. However, the good news is that this fatality statistic is down 7.1 percent from the year before. MADD also compares the drunk driving fatalities against all traffic death fatalities. In that respect, the 79 deaths accounted for 30.2 percent of all Nevada traffic deaths last year.

This means that 30 percent of all traffic-related deaths last year could have been eliminated if drivers did not get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol. This would save many lives in Nevada. Unfortunately, drunk driving fatalities do happen but they are 100 percent preventable. Remind your friends and family to plan for a sober ride after enjoying alcohol.

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