Recent research has shown that over one-third of the pedestrians killed in 2011 had blood alcohol levels above the legal driving limit, which can be achieved after just a few drinks. There has been a significant increase in cases of “distracted walking” – this includes walking drunk and walking while using cell phones. From 2010 to 2011 there was a three percent jump in pedestrian fatalities.
Young drivers are most likely to be involved in sleep related or alcohol related car accidents every year. But if you asked those same drivers which is more dangerous, drunk drinking or driving when tired or distracted, the answer might surprise you. A recent news article discussed a new study that shows a majority of young drivers don’t put the same value in both forms of impaired driving.
Matthew Maher, the 25-year-old former pro soccer player from New Jersey’s Cape May County who admitted to killing a man while driving drunk, was sentenced to five-and-a-half years in state prison. Before sentencing, Maher took steps to educate others about the dangers of drinking and driving. He says he will spend the rest of his life trying to honor the one he recklessly took.
Earlier this year in Jersey City, 19-year-old Michael Garbacki drove drunk and plowed into a group of people. One victim’s skull was detached from her spinal column, and another victim suffered spinal injuries. Now there is a third victim in the case against the Bayonne man.