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Breaking Down Virginia Drunk Driving Statistics

August 7, 2012 by The Parrish Law Firm

Parrish Law Firm, PLLC works with those Virginia residents who have suffered as a result of a drunk driver. Here are some general Virginia impaired driving statistics, courtesy of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

Virginia at a Glance

MADD ranks Virginia 23rd in the country in terms of drunk driving deaths in 2010. The systems works by looking at the percentage of total traffic deaths that are DWI related. The state that is ranked number one (Utah) has the lowest percentage of total traffic deaths that are DWI related, and the state ranked 51st (D.C. is a separate entry) has the highest percentage. This puts Virginia in the middle of the pack.

The Facts

  • 211 = Number of DUI Fatalities
  • 29 = Percent of total traffic deaths connected to DUIs
  • $1.097 Billion = Subsidy of drunk driving fatalities in Virginia
  • 26% = Alcohol consumption in the past month in the age bracket 12-20 years old
  • 239,000 = Alcohol consumption in the past month in the age bracket 12-
  • 20 years old


In 2012, Virginia implemented a new law the makes installation of an ignition lock system mandatory for first time DWI offenders in order to drive on a suspended license. Governor Bob McDonnell signed the measure into law on August 7th, 2012 in Virginia Beach. Before the law, only second-time or subsequent offenders were required to install the devices. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that the devices reduce the risk of repeated impaired driving convictions by 67 percent.

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The personal injury lawyers at Parrish Law Firm, PLLC work with northern Virginia residents who have been hit by drunk drivers and are looking to make a personal injury claim. Our attorneys are dedicated to doing everything in their power to obtain fair compensation for your suffering. Call us now at 703-906-4229 or email us for a free case consultation.

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