A recent investigation by local news channel KSHB found that motorists are more likely to be involved in drunk driving accidents in certain areas of Kansas City.
KSH investigated alcohol-related car accidents from the past five years and plotted them on a map to identify “hot spots.” The data revealed patterns among drivers, locations and hours.
- Drivers between 20 and 34 years of age caused these crashes 51 percent of the time
- Most accidents occurred during the weekend between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m.
- Areas with the most urban development had the highest number of DUI accidents
According to the investigation, interstates 35 and 70 had the highest number of drunk driving accidents on both sides of the state line. Specific hot spots included:
- I-35 in Johnson County
- I-670 near the southern part of the downtown loop
- Independence Avenue to 23rd Street
- Blue Ridge Boulevard to Noland Road
- Between I-635 and the Missouri River, from State Avenue to I-70
What’s frightening about these statistics is that many intoxicated drivers are driving on the interstate at high speeds. In 2011, nearly 27 percent of all fatal accidents in Missouri were drinking related. The average age of drivers was 34, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Local police are hoping to use the map as a resource that can help them determine where they need to put more patrols to keep the public safe. DUI checkpoints have netted several arrests in the past few months, and police may use this map as a guide for where more checkpoints should be held.
Have you or someone you love been injured in a drunk driving accident? The DUI accident attorneys at Peterson & Associates, P.C.can help you determine what your legal rights are and if you may be eligible to file a claim for damages.