Here at CT Boom, we are in perfect agreement on this. Only idiots drive drunk. So, we unanimously support our hardworking officers who enforce DUI laws.
Turns out, they’re really good at it. Because Connecticut happens to be one of the strictest states when it comes to punishing drunk drivers.
WalletHub, a site that regularly disparages CT when it comes to money issues, sang our praises today. Connecticut is the 7th best state at prosecuting those who drink and drive.
When it comes to punishing those who break the law, Connecticut ranks 7th overall with the strictest penalties.
Such as, first time convicted offenders spend an average of 2 days behind bars and pay a minimum fine of $500. But, should a repeat-offender get convicted a 2nd time, their jail sentence jumps to 120 days and the minimum fine doubles to $1,000. By the time it’s a third offense, it becomes an automatic felony.
Also, those convicted of drinking and driving tend to have that on their record for roughly 10 years.
Not to mention, your car insurance has a tendency to rise by 100% following a conviction, the third highest rate increase in the nation. So, in the end, it’s not really worth it to climb behind the wheel after shotgunning a beer.
As for preventative measures, our state ranked 8th overall. So, you can chalk that up to early intervention programs that speak to students. Or, you can thank our rehabilitation programs that DUI offenders can be sentence to.
Either way, it’s a decent place to be on this survey. It’s great to see our state and our law enforcement take DUI that seriously.
Honestly, the other 43 states need to catch up.
Let’s do some math: drunk drivers caused 30 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2015. Roughly 10,000 people perish each year in DUI accidents. Also, it costs us $44 billion annually to repair the damage.
But, on the plus side, drunk driving incidents went down about 57 percent since 1982. So, our police are definitely doing something right. Because of their tireless efforts, along with preventative programs like MADD, DUI dropped out of the top 10 leading causes of death.
Still, we have a long way to go before drinking and driving becomes an anomaly.
Do you think drinking and driving will continue to become less of a problem? Or, do you think the issue will rebound now that, statistically, more Americans are drinking, as evidenced by NPR.
In that case, does this mean that the rise of self-driving cars is finally here?