Two Kansas women were injured when a drunk driver crashed into their house in Wichita on Dec. 18. According to police, a 33-year-old man missed a corner while he was driving and crashed into the home on Suncrest Court just before 10 p.m. The man's vehicle ended up inside of the home's living room.
Many car accidents occur each year in Kansas due to drunk or impaired drivers. The problem is not just a local one, however. Unfortunately, impaired driving accidents are a growing national problem.
Every year in Kansas and Missouri, drunk driving accidents take far too many lives and leave far too many survivors with serious injuries. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, someone in the United States is injured every 90 seconds in a DUI collision, and someone dies because of drunk driving on an average of every 53 minutes. All of these crashes are preventable, and more needs to be done to educate Americans about the dangers of driving while intoxicated.
Drunk driving continues to be a major threat to life and limb in Kansas and Missouri. Mothers Against Drunk Driving was founded in 1980, and since then, according to national data from 2012, the annual number of DUI-related deaths has been reduced by half. Still, more needs to be done, both in terms of driver education and justice in civil and criminal courts.