Drunk Driver is Arrested after Car Accident in Charlotte, North Carolina | Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp

A woman was arrested Friday morning after causing a single car accident in Charlotte, North Carolina (NC).

Charlotte, North Carolina (NC) police apprehended the woman after she lost control of her car in a round about and crashed in to a building in the Ballantyne area. No one was hurt in the car accident, but the woman was intoxicated at the time of the crash.

Fortunately, no one was injured in the car accident or inside the building. However, drunk driving related car accidents often result in serious injury or even death. While the number of alcohol related car accidents has decreased in recent years, from 17,732 alcohol related crashes in 1995 to 16,885 crashes in 2005 nationwide, driving while under the influence is still a major cause of car accidents and fatalities each year.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), alcohol was present in 24% of drivers involved in fatal car accidents. In 2005, an alcohol related death occurred on the roadways every 31 minutes.

Even with aggressive laws in North Carolina (NC) set up to protect the roadways from drunk drivers, thousands of people climb behind the wheel while intoxicated everyday. The best thing you can do to fight these staggering statistics is to not become one yourself. Do not drive while inebriated. If you know you are going to be drinking, use the designated driver program. While on the roadways, pay special attention to other drivers who appear to be driving erratically or swerving. If you suspect someone on the roadway may be drunk, stay far away from the vehicle and call local authorities.