Texas leads the U.S. nationally in drunk driving deaths, and among cities, Dallas leads the country in drunk driving deaths. A study found that Dallas has over 10 deaths related to drunk driving per 100,000 residents per year. About 40 percent of the driving deaths that occur in Texas annually are related to alcohol impairment.

There are a number of causes for this. Perhaps the biggest reason is the sheer volume of driving on roads in Dallas and Texas. All of the top cities in the study were in areas where cars are heavily used and public transportation is used less often.  Another huge factor is the Texas criminal justice system, which often allows drivers who are convicted of driving under the influence return to the roads. Also, Texas’s sheer size means there is a lot more driving than in other, smaller states.

These statistics are truly sobering. Every driver has the responsibility to others on the roads to make a plan for getting home before drinking. If you plan on going out, have a plan to get home safely. If you have to drive, either avoid alcohol, or take along a designated driver. Finally, you should consider taking a taxi or an Uber to your destination. In addition, if you are hosting a party at which alcohol is consumed, you have a responsibility to your guests to prevent them from drinking and driving. Ask them in advance if they have a plan for getting home. Do not force drinks on your guests, and provide plenty of food. If someone does become intoxicated, take their keys and help them find a way home or allow them to stay at your house.

Drunk driving deaths are so tragic because they can be so easily prevented with proper planning. If you have been the victim of a drunk driver, you should speak with an attorney. If you are in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, call the Plano personal injury attorneys at the Barber Law Firm. We can help.