24/7 Wall Street just handed Corpus Christi, Texas, a new moniker that does nothing to enhance the city’s reputation. No city wants to be on public record for being the drunkest city in Texas. But the award of unwelcome designation should open people’s eyes to what is going on around them.
The very real issue is that Corpus Christi has a higher rate of adults and juveniles in drug and alcohol treatment programs, and a higher death rate than the state as a whole.
According to Dr. Phillip Rhoades, head of the Safe Communities Safe Driver Campaign, based at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, in 2015 almost 50 percent of the area’s fatalities were a result of drunk driving accidents.
What is the underlying problem that causes so many to drink so much? Apparently, it is the community culture in Corpus Christi to drink excessively, and it is not related to ethnicity or age. As such, the behavior poses the difficult problem of how to change it — how to save lives, and how to change people’s perceptions that drinking excessively and drinking and driving are acceptable.
While the release of the report and the city’s designation as drunkest city in Texas have brought to light a serious problem, the next step is determining how to change the cultural milieu in Corpus Christi. In the meantime, drinking and driving appears to be a way of life in this city.
For anyone who has been involved in a car accident where the other driver was driving under the influence, reach out and connect with an experienced personal injury attorney to obtain compensation for your injuries.