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Does Iowa have a drunk driving problem within the state?

If you've been hit by a drunk driver, then you know that drunk driving laws still have a way to go in Iowa. Drivers who get behind the wheel while drunk put others at risk, and that's not something that should be acceptable.

The organization known as Mothers Against Drunk Driving has put a number of statistics together along with the request for the state of Iowa to use sobriety checkpoints. These checkpoints have been used in the past and showed the ability to reduce fatalities by 20 percent.

In the most recent report last updated at the start of 2015, drunk driving statistics showed that drunk-driving fatalities involving a driver with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher represented 32.5 percent of all traffic deaths. That's a 7.3 percent increase over the previous year. Additionally, there have been 1,665 crashes related to alcohol with a driver with a BAC of .01 or higher.

The total number of DUI arrests has been recorded as 16,642, while the total number of convictions has been listed as 12,896. What does all this cost the taxpayers? MADD claims it costs taxpayers $494 million for the yearly drunk driving related fatalities.

MADD also reports statistics including the number of people between the age of 12 and 20 who have had alcohol to drink in the last month. MADD reports that number as 29.6 percent, while the number of people who have binged on alcohol in that same age group totaled out at 79,000 people.

These statistics show that drunk driving and alcoholism is an issue in the state and around the country. If you've been hurt by someone who was negligent behind the wheel of his or her vehicle, you do deserve to get justice for your accident.

Source: MADD, "IOWA" accessed Jan. 22, 2015

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