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For the last several decades, residents all across the country and in Kentucky have heard a lot about how dangerous it is for people to drive after they have been drinking too much. Efforts from groups like Mothers Against Drunk Drivers and others have led the charge to raise public awareness and encourage more people to make responsible decisions. Laws relating to drunk driving have also become stronger over this time.

The impact of these efforts seems to have varied results depending on where you look. Statewide, it seems that Kentucky has been making some headway in the fight against drunk driving, but in Pulaski County the problem has worsened. Records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that the number of people killed in drunk driving accidents in Kentucky dropped from 179 in 2017 to 137 in 2018. The 2018 deaths represented 19% of the state’s total vehicular fatalities.

In 2017, drunk driving fatalities accounted for 33% of all accident deaths in Pulaski County. In 2018, things got worse as alcohol was a contributing factor in 50% of all fatalities in motor vehicle accidents in the county. These statistics make it evident that the emphasis placed on preventing and seeking compensation after a drunk driving accident is still needed.

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give residents in Pulaski County and around Kentucky an idea of how the problems associated with drunk driving continue to plague area streets and highways so they understand the importance of taking action after an accident is caused by a negligent impaired driver.