DUIs and the Latino Community
Upcoming Spring Break highlights continuing issue with DUIs and the Latino Community
Even though it might not feel like it yet, spring is on its way. And along with spring comes Spring Break travel, vacation season, and the need to be prepared for the eventuality of drunk drivers hitting the road.
Although drivers under the influence can be found anywhere, a recent report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) highlighted how drinking and driving is becoming a growing problem in the Latino community. Not only did research show that Latinos are at particular risk of death and injury from alcohol-related crashes, but it also details how Hispanics are less likely to believe that drinking and driving is a safety problem.
The statistics are staggering considering that over 42,000 Hispanics were killed in 2006 from motor vehicle crashes, and of those killed, 42 percent of deaths occurred in alcohol-related incidents. This number continues to grow, and with Spring Break heading our way, it’s never been more important to educate ourselves and our communities about the perils of drinking and driving.