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The numbers behind Rhode Island drunk driving offenses in 2012

We often talk about drunk driving in terms of its implications and effects on the individual accused of the crime here on this blog. But what does drunk driving look like in the state of Rhode Island? What does the data show for this offense? Today, we will look at some 2012 statistics which deal with drunk driving here in the state of Rhode Island and were compiled by the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility.

In 2012, there were 2,548 arrests for driving under the influence in the state of Rhode Island. Only 12 of those arrests were for someone under the age of 18.

When it comes to fatal wrecks involving drunk drivers in Rhode Island, the 2012 data shows that there were 24 alcohol-impaired fatalities, which breaks down to about 2.3 alcohol-impaired fatalities per 100,000 people in the state.

However, despite all of these unfortunate stats that seem to imply that things are bad on Rhode Island streets, the data shows that there was a 30.4 percent decline in alcohol-impaired fatalities in the state of Rhode Island from 2002 to 2012.

Maybe the most startling statistic from the 2012 data though is that 100 percent of drivers who had a blood alcohol content of at least 0.15 and were involved in a fatal crash were repeat offenders. This just goes to show you that severe consequences and penalties do not necessarily help a percent straighten out his or her life, nor does it necessarily help the individual deal with his or her severe alcohol or chemical dependency issues.

Source: Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, "State Facts: Rhode Island," Accessed March 10, 2015

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