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Rural county has high drunk driving rates

Houston residents may be interested to learn that Montgomery County has some of the highest rates of DUI cases and DUI-related accidents in Texas. In fact, Montgomery County has the highest rate of fatal drunk driving accidents per capita of any Texas county with more than 500,000 residents. Law enforcement officials and lawmakers are now looking for solutions to lower the number of DUI incidents there.

Some people argue that the lack of infrastructure and the prevalence of social activities in Montgomery County are two of the reasons why there are so many drunk driving accidents. Many people from Houston and Harris County drive to Montgomery County to go to parties on Lake Conroe or festivals that are held in The Woodlands. The district attorney's office found that 74 percent of the DWI accidents in the county take place on rural roads.

Not only does Montgomery County have more drunk driving accidents than other counties, it also has drivers with higher levels of intoxication. The district attorney commented that the intoxicated drivers in Montgomery County are more intoxicated than the statewide average. The assistant district attorney said that many of the fatal DUI accidents that take place in Montgomery County are single-vehicle crashes in which a driver hits a tree.

A person may be charged for drunk driving after they are involved in an accident because police suspect that the accident was a result of intoxication. A criminal defense attorney may be able to help a DUI defendant to argue that the driving mistakes that led to an accident were not alxohol-relate. If a drunk driving charge is based on evidence from a field sobriety test, an attorney may argue that the driver didn't pass the test because of the injuries sustained.

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