The National Safety Council has chosen the month of May to highlight teens and young drivers. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) records indicate that traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for teens and young adults.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that at least 4 million Americans get behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol more than 100 million times per year. These figures are staggering, especially considering the fact that all it takes is one drunk driver to cause a catastrophic collision.
Tennessee has one of the highest fatal car wreck rates in the country. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, our state saw just over 1,000 road accident fatalities in 2016, at a rate of 15.7 per 100,000 of the population – the fourth highest of all states behind only Wyoming, Oklahoma and South Carolina.
Truckers make up only a small portion of the road population, but they account for a significant number of traffic crash deaths. According to Forbes, only about 8 percent of vehicles on America’s roads are big rigs, yet an estimated 4,500 people die each year in truck-related collisions.
Tennessee law is harsh on anyone found to be driving under the influence of alcohol. Even first-time offenders face mandatory jail time of at least 48 hours while those who have a BAC over .20% could remain incarcerated for up to seven days. A first-time conviction could also result in a $1,500 fine, license revocation, and an order to complete a term of community service.
As the weather warms, you can expect to see more motorcyclists on the road around you. In an effort to remind drivers all over the country to look out for riders now that summer is almost here, May has been designated Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.