Drunk driving accidents are among the most upsetting types of accidents in Florida. Not only are they often serious or fatal, but they are also completely preventable.
For decades, people have known about the dangers of drunk driving and the laws prohibiting motorists from driving while intoxicated. However, while drunk driving accidents still occur, statistics show that the number of them could be declining.
Sharp declines in parts of Florida
According to reports like this one in the Miami Herald, parts of Florida are seeing a significant decrease in DUI charges. In one part, there were 65 percent fewer DUI arrests in 2017 than there were four years prior. Other major cities across the U.S. are also seeing their numbers drop.
Trending away from drunk driving?
Sources believe that there are several reasons why DUI arrests may be dropping, including traditional factors like increased law enforcement efforts and effective educational campaigns.
However, there may also be a generational trend away from drunk driving. For instance, young people may not be as inclined to get their driver's licenses in the first place, thanks to another probable reason for the decline: ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft. Not driving is becoming a trend among the younger population, meaning fewer young people may be driving drunk.
Drunk driving still a problem
However, there is still a danger for residents here in Tallahassee -- and indeed every part of Florida. People in every part of the country put the safety of themselves and others in serious danger by getting behind the wheel after drinking too much.
While it may not be possible to stop every driver from doing this, victims of accidents caused by a drunk driver can hold them accountable for their actions by filing a legal claim seeking damages.