Studies Suggest Dry Counties May Have Greater Risk of Drunk Driving Fatalities


Drunk drivers are a huge problem on Texas roads. According to official statistics published by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) alcohol-related auto accidents were responsible for 35.6 percent of all car wreck fatalities in 2010 (the most recent data available).


As a board certified Dallas-Fort Worth personal injury and wrongful death lawyer who has handled a variety of claims against intoxicated motorists in Hood County and throughout Texas, I know that drunk drivers are a major problem. Alcohol severely impairs a person’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. Attempting to drive while drunk is not only against the law, it also creates a very serious danger both to yourself, any passengers in your vehicle, and to all other road users you come into contact with.


Not surprisingly, the further a drunk driver has to travel, the more likely they will cause a crash which seriously injuries someone. A study into the alcohol-related traffic collision rates comparing dry and wet counties found that dry counties actually have a much higher fatality rate. In fact, dry counties have 357.89 percent more drunk driving deaths than wet counties according to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA).


Although Hood County is not considered a dry county, there are some individual cities which do prohibit the sale of alcohol. These are:

  • Lipan, TX
  • Tolar, TX


Based on the fact that dry areas have more DWI-related deaths than wet area, it stands to reason that those cities which only permit the sale of alcoholic beverages in bars and restaurants will also have a higher rate of drunk driver accidents than those areas where people can conveniently purchase alcohol to drink at home. Fortunately, other than the aforementioned dry cities, no towns in Hood County have significant restrictions concerning the sale of beer, wine or liquor for off-premises consumption.


Click here for information on other counties and cities in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex that prohibit or otherwise restrict the sale of alcoholic beverages.


Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer

If you or a member of your family has been injured in a Texas car accident caused by a drunk driver, you have a right to make a claim for compensation. For more information, please call the experienced personal injury and wrongful death attorneys at the Anderson Law Firm for a free, no obligation consultation. Call toll free at 800-354-6275 or locally at 817-294-1900.


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