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Do You Know any Hardcore Drunk Drivers?

March 20, 2012
Colson Hicks Eidson

Some drivers mistakenly believe they can drive after a few drinks because they do not feel intoxicated. And then there is a select group of drivers that know they are drunk and still choose to get behind the wheel of their car. These are the drivers with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .15 or higher and experts call them Hardcore Drunk Drivers (HDDs).

HDDs have more than one drunken driving arrest and conviction and show no signs of changing their illegal behavior despite rehabilitation and education. HDDs also contribute to 58 percent of all alcohol-related deaths, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA). HDDs are usually male and the chances of law enforcement catching one is slim, unfortunately. Police arrest one HDD for every 88 trips in a vehicle, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Some other characteristics of an HDD include:

  • They are familiar with DWI laws and any loopholes to avoid a conviction
  • They generally meet the definition of a person who is dependent on alcohol
  • They range in age from 25 to 45
  • They are usually unmarried and have less than a high school education

Have you suffered injuries in a car accident caused by a Hardcore Drunk Driver?