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Drunk driving trends in Connecticut

No matter where you go within the United States, if you are caught driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent, you will be charged with driving under the influence, driving while intoxicated or a similar offense. Even without the legal aspect of it, being a drunk driver can lead to a fatal accident. Connecticut has strict laws regarding the act, but drivers still choose to drive after having too many drinks.

From 2003 to 2012, more than 1,000 Connecticut drivers were killed in drunk driving accidents. While this is lower than the national average, it is still more than it should be. In addition, about 2 percent self-reported they drove after they had too much to drink. This is just a bit higher than the national average. 

There are many different mechanisms in place that have been proven effective against drunk drivers. Of course, laws and their consequences are often enough to deter the potential inebriated motorist. But Connecticut also uses sobriety checkpoints to cast a net over the roads and try to catch as many offenders as possible. As of recently, the state also allows for ignition interlock systems to be installed, which force former offenders to blow into a tube and thereby prove their sobriety before the ignition will start.

Even with the moral and legal ramifications of doing so, drivers still choose to get behind the wheel while drunk. If you have been the victim of a drunk driving accident, you may be able to take legal action against the other driver. An experienced attorney may be able to help you claim compensation for your pain and suffering, as well as any expenses associated with the car accident. 

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