Residents in Tampa and throughout the state of Florida know that driving a vehicle after drinking alcoholic beverages is unwise and unsafe. A driver may experience a reduction in reaction times or greater challenges in making the right decisions that might help avoid accidents. Sadly, there are still way too many people who refuse to find alternative means of transportation when they wish to consume alcohol. This results in an ongoing loss of life on area roads and highways in accidents that should never occur.
One example of this can be seen in the case of a man who admittedly drank beer and used marijuana prior to driving on the opposite side of the road. According to a report by the Tampa Bay Times, his position on the road resulted in a head-on collision that killed the two people in the vehicle that he hit. One of the deceased was a ridesharing driver and the other was a young man who just graduated from college and had his whole life ahead of him.
Records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate that the ability of states to reduce drunk driving deaths seems to vary greatly. In the five years spanning from 2014 to 2018, alcohol was a contributing factor in an average of 29% or 30% of all traffic fatalities nationwide. In some states, drunk drivers were found to be involved in as few as 17%, 18% or 19% of all traffic fatalities.
In Florida, drunk drivers were involved in anywhere from 26% to 29% of all vehicular deaths during those five years.