Resources for Information and Resources for Information and Drunk Assistance State Resources Assistance National Resources MADD Mothers Against Drunk Driving Driving Victimization Mothers Against Drunk Driving 1-800-GET-MADD P.O. Box 241474 Montgomery, Al 36124-1474 1-800-438-6233 www.madd.org Alabama (334) 277-8080 National Center for Victims of Crime Crime Victims Advocating for the Fair Treatment of Crime Victims Compensation Alabama Crime Victims 1-800-FYI-CALL Compensation Commission 1-800-394-2255 P.O. Box 231267 www.ncvc.org Montgomery, AL 36123-1267 (334) 290-4420 National Organization for Commission 1-800-541-9399 (victims only) Victim Assistance www.acvcc.alabama.gov P. O. Box 231267 1-800-TRY-NOVA Montgomery, Alabama 36123-1267 1-800-879-6682 Alabama Attorney General's Office Phone (334) 290-4420 www.try-nova.org for Victim Assistance 1-800-541-9388 (Victims only) Alabama State House FAX (334) 290-4455 Office for Victims of Crime 11 South Union St. 3rd Floor Resource Center Montgomery, AL 36130 1-800-627-6872 (334) 242-7300 TTY 1-877-712-9279 1-800-626-7676 www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc/ovcres/ www.ago.state.al.us welcome.html Governor's Office for What is drunk driving? Victims of Crime Alcohol and other drugs impair driving State Capitol ability. The term "drunk driving" is intended This brochure was developed by the 600 Dexter Avenue to incorporate all forms of impairment. National Center for Victims of Crime under Montgomery, AL 36104 a project supported by Grant No. 97-VF- Many states require a blood alcohol (334) 242-7100 GX-K007 awarded by the Office for concentration (BAC) of 0.08 g/dl (grams per www.governor.state.al.us/staff.htm Victims of Crime, Office of Justice deciliter) before a driver is considered Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. legally intoxicated, but driver reaction time Points of view in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily slows with a BAC below 0.04-0.05. Vision represent the official position or policies of and depth perception become distorted, and the U.S. Department of Justice. coordination and judgment are affected. Thus, more states have recently lowered the BAC criterion to 0.08, which is still well above the American Medical Association recommendation of 0.05 g/dl. Drunk/drugged driving deaths and injuries are The knowledge that your body or that of a Victim assistance programs and trained ♦ In 1999, 15,786 people were killed in senseless acts. They are someone's fault (not loved one was damaged or disfigured is very professionals also can help you find out about alcohol-related crashes, representing an "accidents"), so they always could have been traumatic. If a loved one was killed, the crime victim rights in Alabama. average of one alcohol-related fatality prevented. sudden, violent death probably feels unlike every 33 minutes. An estimated 308,000 any other loss you have experienced. You When a loved one has been injured or killed, people were injured in alcohol-related Drunk or drugged driving is a crime. The may feel vast swings in emotion. You may the financial impact can be a second crashes. (Traffic Safety Facts 1999. crime is the result of two choices made by a feel guilty for not being able to protect your victimization. The costs of medical care, Washington, DC: National Highway driver: to use alcohol or other drugs and to get loved one, even if you know it was not travel, phone bills, counseling, lost wages, Traffic Safety Administration, 2000) behind the wheel of a vehicle. These choices possible. Knowing the crash could have been and funerals can be overwhelming. The are as dangerous to the public as using a prevented may be one of the most painful Alabama Crime Victim Compensation ♦ In 1999, 30 percent of all traffic fatalities deadly weapon and can be just as deadly. aspects of your grief. The injustice of the Commission may be able to reimburse occurred in crashes in which at least one death and your involvement with the criminal victims' or families survivors for certain out- driver or non-occupant, such as a Drunk driving is not a new problem. Thanks justice system as a result of the crime may of-pocket expenses, including funeral pedestrian or bicyclist, had a blood to the work of Mothers Against Drunk complicate your grief. expenses, medical expenses, mental health alcohol content of 0.10 g/dl (grams per Driving (MADD), Remove Intoxicated counseling, lost wages, and other financial deciliter) or greater. Seventy percent of Drivers (RID), and Whether you are an injured victim or a losses incurred after becoming a victim of a the 12,321 people killed in such crashes other grassroots victim groups, public surviving family member or friend, you may drunk driving crash., to include emergency also were intoxicated. The remaining 30 awareness of drinking and driving as experience a new sense of vulnerability. You funds that are available within a few weeks of percent were passengers, non-intoxicated preventable crime has grown, and the number may have nightmares or flashbacks about the the crash. To be eligible for compensation, the drivers, or non-intoxicated non-occupants. of state and federal laws against impaired crash. Your eating and sleeping habits may crime must be reported to the police and the (Traffic Safety Facts 1999. Washington, driving are increasing. change. You may feel depressed or hopeless victim and victim's family must cooperate DC: National Highway Traffic Safety and lack interest in things you once enjoyed. with the criminal justice system. Victim Administration, 2000) If you are a survivor of a drunk driving Even though surviving a drunk driving crash assistance programs in your community can incident is a terrible trauma, many survivors find that provide you with compensation applications ♦ It is estimated that alcohol was involved in with time they can face life with new and additional information. 38 percent of fatal crashes and 7 percent Whether you or a loved one is a drunk or understanding and meaning. of all crashes in 1999. (Traffic Safety drugged driving crash victim, you may be Where can you get help? What are the facts about drunk driving? Facts 1999. Washington, DC: National affected physically, emotionally, and Highway Traffic Safety Administration, financially. For injured victims and family Groups like MADD and RID were formed to ♦ About 3 in every 10 Americans will be 2000) members of those killed or injured, the first support victims of drunk driving, reduce the involved in an alcohol-related crash at task is processing what has happened. number of deaths and injuries resulting from some time in their lives. (Traffic Safety ♦ Fatally injured drivers with BAC levels of Impaired driving crashes are sudden. They impaired driving crashes, and advocate for Facts 1999. Washington, DC: National 0.10 g/dl or greater were six times more give you no time to prepare. It will take a lot tougher legislation. You may want to call Highway Traffic Safety Administration, likely to have a prior conviction for of time just to grasp the shock and horror of your local or state MADD or RID chapter or 2000) driving while intoxicated than fatally the trauma. The physical and emotional another crime victim assistance program in injured sober drivers (12 percent and 2 suffering may seem to use up all the energy your community, or seek out counselors who percent, respectively). you have. understand the grief that follows this kind of loss and trauma. Advocates can provide you (Traffic Safety Facts 1999. Washington, DC: with information and a full range of victim National Highway Traffic Safety support services, such as assistance through Administration, 2000) the criminal justice process.