According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 33,561 people died in traffic crashes in 2012 in the United States, including an estimated 10,322 people who died in drunk driving crashes, accounting for 31% of all traffic deaths that year. When I was in High School I knew somebody that was killed by a person driving drunk. She was only 16 and haven’t even been drinking. Her life was cut way to short by another person. When you get behind a car drunk you are not only putting your life at risk but also the life of others.
What many people don’t know about drunk driving?
- About 1/3 of all drivers arrested or convicted of drunk driving are repeat offenders.
- 23.4 percent of drunk drivers are between the age of 21 and 25 years old.
- Adults drank too much and drove about 112 million times per year.
- Drunk driving costs the United States $132 billion a year.
- 50 to 75 percent of convicted drunk drive on a suspended license.
- On Average, 1 in 3 people will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime.
- In the U.S there are approximately 300,000 incidents of drinking and driving per day.
- DUI is driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (even legally prescribed drugs) with a blood alcohol level over the state legal limit.
- A DWI is driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol level over the legal state limit.
- With just a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of just 0.02 you can face some loss of judgement, altered mood, and decline in visual functions.
What can happen if you are driving drunk?
- You can lose your life or get several hurt such as brain damage or being paralyzed.
- Someone else can lose their life or get several hurt such as brain damage or being paralyzed.
- Criminal charges can be placed. If convicted you will face a significant fine, license problems, community service and possible incarceration.
- Not only will you face legal troubles, but you will face social and personal troubles. You could lose your job and have to pay higher insurance premiums.
I always believe that it’s important to know your facts and be prepared. There is nothing wrong with drinking, but you need to drink responsibly. A simple plan to have designated driver or have a taxi take you safely to your destination can help prevent any bad outcomes! The sure-fire way to know you won’t drive drunk is to leave your keys at home or just drink at home. No matter were you drink just be prepared and have your options lined out.
Is driving drunk worth the cost to you?