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Accidents caused by drunk drivers vary from state to state

The roadways of New Jersey are dangerous enough when every driver is sober and paying attention to the task at hand. If somebody is driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the chance of an accident is much greater.

Every year, children die in car accidents attributed to a drunk driver. While there are situations in which the drunk party is in one car and the child is in another, a recent study shows that in many cases, the impaired driver and child are in the same vehicle.

A group of researchers from the Erie Family Health Center in Chicago noted that 1,210 kids under the age of 15 were killed in a car accident in 2010. Of these, roughly 20 percent involved a drunk driver.

The lead author of the study said, "Despite what's commonly thought, it's not a family in one car and a drunk driver in another."

The rate of child deaths when driving with somebody who has been drinking varies from one state to the next, with Mississippi, New Mexico and South Dakota having the highest rate. On the other end of the spectrum, New Jersey and New York were among the lowest measurable rates.

No matter if you are driving in Mississippi, New Jersey or another state, you need to realize that there could be somebody on the road who has been drinking. This person has a greater chance of being involved in an accident, which could injure or kill anybody, including children, who are in the same vehicle or another one sharing the road. Even though compensation may be sought from an at-fault driver or criminal charges may be filed, it does little reduce the pain associated with losing a child.

Source: Reuters, "Drunk driving crashes involving child deaths vary by state" Andrew M. Seaman, May. 05, 2014

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