Drinking and Driving

October 15, 2009 at 12:50 am 2 comments


I think the statistics on drinking and driving speak for themselves.  Alcohol doesn’t mix with driving.  It impairs your judgment, plainly stated.

  • On average someone is killed by a drunk driver every 45 minutes. In 2008, an estimated 11,773 people died in drunk driving related crashes—a decline of 9.8 percent from the 13,041 drunk driving related fatalities of 2007.
  • Fifty to 75 percent of drunk drivers whose licenses are suspended continue to drive.
  • Over 1.46 million drivers were arrested in 2006 for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. This is an arrest rate of 1 for every 139 licensed drivers in the United States.
  • Of the over 159 million alcohol-impaired driving trips estimated that Americans took in 2002, over ten percent (18 million trips) were made by 18-20 year olds.
  • Alcohol-related crashes in the United States cost the public an estimated $114.3 billion in 2000, including $51.1 billion in monetary costs and an estimated $63.2 billion in quality of life losses. People other than the drinking driver paid $71.6 billion of the alcohol-related crash bill, which is 63 percent of the total cost of these crashes.
  • About three in every ten Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related crash at some time in their lives.
  • A first time drunk driving offender on average has driven drunk 87 times prior to being arrested.
  • In 2001, more than half a million people were injured in crashes where police reported that alcohol was present — an average of one person injured almost every minute.

After watching people I love and care about pay hundreds even thousands for drinking and driving in fines, it’s just not worth it and all of them when it is said and done, wish they had just called a cab/sober friend.


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. sjack8  |  November 2, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    It’s scary to read these statistics and think about how many people on the road might be intoxicated. Especially on weekend nights. I remember growing up there were certain nights during the year(New Year’s, St. Patrick’s Day) where we would just stay home to keep away from the highways. Maybe it seems extreme but it really just wasn’t worth the risk to my mom.

  • 2. torrieb  |  November 12, 2009 at 2:28 am

    There was just a thing on campus about texting and driving, they brought in someone who had killed 2 people while he was texting. Drinking and driving is much deadlier. It would be impossible to live with yourself after knowing that you are the reason someone is gone.


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