It’s one thing to travel on rural roads for vacations, but many of us live in areas so remote that oftentimes we own our own plows for our driveways. The fact is rural roads are some of the most deadly in the United States, according to federal agencies. More people die in rural automobile accidents than in urban car collisions, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
A 10-year average, taken from crash data occurring between 2007 and 2016, show a fatal crash rate of 1.26 per 100 million miles driven on rural roads versus a death rate of 0.72 on urban roadways.
DUI Crashes in Rural Areas
The most common stereotype is that more drunk driving crashes occur in urban areas versus rural areas. That assumption probably comes from the disparity of people who live in urban environs versus rural ones. In 2010, only 19 percent of the U.S. population lived in rural America. Recent studies, however, suggest that more drunk driving accidents occur in rural areas. Here are some of the latest findings by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):1
- 28 people die every day in car accident caused by a drunk driver.
- 9,967 people died in DUI-related crashed in 2014.
- Alcohol-impairment accounts for 19% of all child fatalities of those between the ages 0 and 14.
- In 2014, 1.1 million drivers were arrested for being intoxicated by alcohol or drugs.
Dangers Compounded By Mountain Driving
Add to the mix of drinking and driving with mountain driving and, well, you’ve got yourself a real recipe for disaster! The Four-Corners area of our state has a dangerous mixture rural roads, mountain roads, and passes. Here is just a sampling of the dangers we face driving all the time in the Four-Corners area:
- The weather changes on a dime – from being sunny one minute to snowing the next.
- Steep slick roads when rain or snow hits.
- All kinds of wildlife scampering across the roads at all hours.
- Narrow roads that require yielding the right of way to those going uphill.
If you are new to the area, be sure you always check your brakes, steering, suspension, cooling system, tires, and fluid levels on a regular basis.
Contact the Telluride Criminal Defense Lawyer at The Law Office of Jon R. Fee
Wouldn’t you like to be represented by an attorney in a DUI case, who has earned a Ph.D. in biological psychology, and someone who understands the complexities of gas chromatography – the method for determining the content of alcohol in the blood? Jon is a veteran litigator, who has successfully tried more than 60 jury trials. To schedule a free, initial consultation, contact the Telluride Criminal Defense Lawyer at The Law Office of Jon R. Fee call (970) 744-2244 or email using the form on this page.
1“Drunk Driving in Rural Areas” published in Clinical Services of Rhode Island, 2018.