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MADD: Only 61% of Drunk Drivers are Convicted of Crimes

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MADD: Only 61% of Drunk Drivers are Convicted of Crimes

A recent report by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) showed that only 61% of drunk drivers are convicted of their charges. The information in this report was collected from September 1, 2017 to September 1, 2018. The conviction rate is down 7 percent from the previous year.

MADD has staff and volunteers that regularly monitor judicial proceedings relating to drunk driving cases. Currently the program covers 12 states throughout the country, but that number is increasing to create a more accurate portrayal of the country’s data. The goal of this monitoring is to ensure drunk driving laws are being enforced and prosecuted. Those involved document information regarding each case, and find trends and weaknesses to report to prosecutors and judges. MADD’s goal is to send a message that driving drunk will not be tolerated.

Drunk driving is the #1 cause of fatal automobile accidents in Florida. In 2016-2017, there were almost 11,000 fatalities due alcohol-impaired drivers. Throughout the country, the average cost of a first-time DUI is around $10,000, but that does not deter people from getting behind the wheel and driving under the influence.

Have you or a loved one sustained injuries due to the actions of a drunk driver? Contact an experienced St. Petersburg personal injury attorney at Jones Law Group today. When you contact our office we will immediately either put you on the phone with one of our attorneys, or set an appointment where you will meet your attorney and be provided with his/her contact information. If you do not have transportation or you cannot drive, your attorney will travel to meet you and discuss your case with you.

Call an experienced personal injury attorney in St. Petersburg at Jones Law Group at (727) 571-1333 during regular business hours or (727) 753-8657 on weekends or after regular business hours. We will evaluate your case for free and you will never pay us a dime unless we recover compensation for your injuries.

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Heath Murphy

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Heath Murphy is a partner at Jones Law Group and focuses on personal injury law. He has been working as a lawyer for 18 years and routinely writes about auto accidents, wrongful death, and personal injury laws.

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