Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) Statistics

Texas leads the nation in drunk driving crashes and fatalities. To address this alarming statistic, the Texas state troopers, as well as local law enforcement officers, are working hard to crackdown on driving while intoxicated drivers. "Alcohol and cars don’t mix, period," according to the director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, and if you drive drunk in Texas chances are high you will be stopped. Drunk driving penalties in Texas are severe – and a conviction can threaten your freedom and your future. You need legal representation from Minton, Burton, Bassett, & Collins, P.C - a firm experienced in drunk driving litigation and the Texas court system.

2008 DWI Statistics

  • In 2008, 11,773 people were killed nationally in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes. These alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities accounted for 32 percent of the total motor vehicle traffic fatalities in the United States.
  • Of the 11,773 people who died in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes in 2008, 8,027 or 68% were drivers with a BAC of .08 or higher.
  • 3,468 people died in automobile accidents on Texas roadways in 2008
  • In 2008 in Texas, 975 people, or 28% of the total number of people killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes, died in motor vehicle traffic accidents where a driver was under the influence of alcohol.
  • In 2007, the number was only slightly lower with 965 people killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes where a driver was under the influence of alcohol. This is 27.9% of the total number of people killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes.
  • 31,202 traffic accidents resulted in Texas from drivers that “had been drinking” or were under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Alcohol has a depressant effect on the central nervous system, and can cause drivers to misjudge their ability to drive safely. If you have been drinking, or have taken prescription or illegal drugs, don’t ignore the potential danger of getting behind the wheel with these substances in your system.

Contact Us Today

The TX lawyers at Minton, Burton, Bassett, & Collins have handled drunk driving cases for more than four decades. We understand how much is at stake when you have been charged with a DWI or a DUI – and we leverage our experience to minimize the damages to your life and family.

Talk with an attorney as soon as possible after you have been charged to ensure that you have the best defense. Contact the Texas drunk driving attorneys at MBFC now by calling (512) 476-4873, by email at pamelab@mbfc.com, or by filling out this online form. We will defend your rights and reputation.

* Statistics from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Texas Motor Vehicle Crash Statistics.


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