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Study lauds economic impact of cutting down drunk driving wrecks

An interesting study was recently published in the journal "Injury Prevention," detailing the economic impact of drunk driving accidents on the U.S. economy. Since the middle of the 1980s, drunk driving accidents have been cut in half. That's a significant drop over the last three decades. But it is even more impressive when you consider that the drunk driving accidents that have been eliminated in that time have supposedly contributed to a $20 billion increase to the annual U.S. economy.

In addition, these eliminated drunk driving accidents have increased national income by $6.5 billion and created 215,000 jobs. These are lofty numbers and they clearly indicate how much of an impact drunk driving accidents have on our whole country.

But as great as it is to revel in the positive economic impact of eliminating drunk driving accidents, there should be just as much attention being paid to the negative economic impact on people who are accused of drunk driving. Just because the drunk driving accident rate has been cut in half doesn't mean the matter has been solved.

Drunk driving accidents still happen. Drunk driving in general still happens. People who are behind the wheel and caught with an illegal blood alcohol level can suffer immense financial consequences, in addition to the obvious legal and personal consequences of the DUI.

Fines, court costs, license reinstatement fees, ignition interlock costs, and dramatic increases to insurance can financially cripple someone accused of DUI. People in this situation need to get an attorney to help them limit the damage, both legally and financially, of a DUI charge.

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Report claims that cutting drunk driving crashes in half has boosted U.S. economy by $20 billion," Mark Johnson, April 30, 2015

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