We all know that drunk driving is a big problem – but how big is it?
If a drunk driver injured you, a friend, or a family member, or caused the death of a loved one, one drunk driving incident is one too many.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 10,076 people were killed in drunk driving crashes in 2013. That is one person every 53 minutes. You might also be surprised to learn some additional facts regarding the prevalence and demographics of drunk driving.
- In 2012, 15% of all drivers involved in fatal crashes during the work week were alcohol-impaired, compared to 30% on the weekends.
- Drunk driving costs the United States $199 billion dollars a year.
- In fatal crashes in 2011, the highest percentage of drunk drivers was for drivers ages 21 to 24 (32%), followed by ages 25 to 34 (30%), and 35 to 44 (24%).
- Each day, people drive drunk almost 300,000 times, but fewer than 4,000 are arrested.
- The average drunk driver has driven drunk 80 times before first arrest.
- Males were more likely than females (15.1% vs. 7.9%) to drive drunk.
- Every 90 seconds a person is injured in a drunk driving crash.
- Between 60% and 80% of drivers with suspended linceses continue to drive.
Think Before You Drink
Do not drive while intoxicated; instead, plan for an alternative method of transportation.
If you see a friend or family member about drive while intoxicated, attempt to dissuade them if possible or offer them an alternative means of transportation. If necessary, contact law enforcement before he or she drives.
It is all of our responsibility to prevent drunk driving. In the next 53 minutes, you do not want it to be your family member or friend who is killed because of a drunk driver.
Have You Been Injured or Lost a Loved One in a Drunk Driving Accident?
If so, please call our firm immediately, so that you can preserve your rights.
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