According to the Lexington Patch,  six year old Emma Longstreet was killed by a drunk driver in Lexington, South Carolina.  Emma was on her way to church on the morning January 1, 2012 when Billy Patrick Hutto, Jr. struck the van she and her family were traveling in on Highway 378.  Emma was wearing her seatbelt.  The 26 year old Hutto has been charged with Felony Driving Under the Influence Causing Death and Felony Driving Under the Influence Causing Great Bodily Injury.  He is being held on a $500,000 bond acheter viagra chine.

This sad story reminds us of the dangers of drinking and driving.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 33,808 people died in traffic accidents in the United States in 2009.  Of those, 10,839 involved alcohol. That’s 32% of all traffic deaths.

In 2009:

  • 70% of drivers involved in drunk driving fatalities had a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) .15 or higher,
  • 3% of drunk drivers involved in fatal crashes had a prior DUI conviction in the past three years, and
  • Of all 15-20 year olds involved in fatal crashes, 33% of drivers killed had been drinking and 28% had a BAC of .08 or higher.

There is some good news concerning drunk driving in America.  According to the NHTSA, since 1982, drunk driving fatalities are down 49% and deaths of people under 21 years of age have dropped 73%.  However, this does not mean we should forget the dangers of drinking and driving.    NEVER DRINK AND DRIVE! Always designate a driver or take a cab.

If you or a loved one had been hurt by a drunk driver, please call The Kerr Law Firm at 843-785-3330 for a free consultation.  You may also email us info@kerrlf.com.  We would be honored to assist you with your case.