As citizens, it’s easy to look at a law that say, “That’s just an effort to get more money out of me?” or “That doesn’t make any sense!”. And, while such comments may hold some water when it comes to citations or particular “enforcements” of the law, there is little doubt that a zero tolerance policy on drunk driving serves an important purpose for our on-road safety across the United States. But, we aren’t here to convince you one way or the other about drunken driving policy. Instead, our hope is that the following statistics can help you better understand why such a strong stance is taken against consuming alcohol and climbing behind the wheel.
The following information is eye-opening to say the least –
U.S. Drunk Driving Statistics
Though we don’t necessarily believe that numbers tell the entire story on a subject, we felt that to begin this segment, it’d be important to share some statistics to help provide some insight to the serious concerns about drunken drivers on our nation’s roads.
The last decade saw some decreases in alcohol related fatalities, which is great news. However, some of the numbers are still concerning. For example, were you aware that more than 47 percent of pedestrian fatalities in 2010 were alcohol related? This information, plus other similar facts are outlined in the graphs contained in the following link from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics:
»Drunk Driving by the Numbers
And, though we have steadily seen the “legal limit” decrease over the years (right now it is .08 Blood-alcohol content), it would seem that drivers are still taking chances while out having a good time. In 2010, 70% of alcohol-related auto fatalities involved drivers that had a blood-alcohol content that was TWICE the legal limit! For more elaboration on this dynamic, visit:
»DOT Kicks Off Nationwide Crackdown on Drunk Driving
How You Can Avoid an Unfortunate Situation
DUIs are frustrating, but in truth, they’re the least of your worries when driving after a couple of cocktails. Should the unfortunate occur, and someone is seriously hurt or killed in an accident in which you were driving over the legal alcohol limit, the penalties are incredibly severe, and can, for all intents and purposes, ruin your life. Long prison terms, fines, etc. all add up.
But, while most of us truly understand the “worst case scenario”, let’s consider the cost of a cab versus that of a DUI. In California, the average DUI will cost a violator about $10,000, according to the Department of Transportation. And, while it may seem like an inconvenience to leave your vehicle, pay for a cab, and return for it in the morning, when comparing that monetary figure to even the most expensive cab trip (say $100), does it really make sense to risk it? Many states are implementing a “Buzzed Driving IS Drunk Driving” campaign, and backing the vocal efforts up with increased road blocks and DUI patrols. Why take the chance at ruining your own, or someone else’s, life?
There are several different local initiatives that can help you avoid a DUI. Research your options BEFORE heading out, save the number in your phone, or simply ask your local bartender – they usually know all of the important numbers, and are more than happy to help!
The follow links are EXAMPLES of services. Some are area specific, but with a bit of time, you can find ones that are local to your location or favorite party spot:
»Designated Driver of Colorado Springs
»The Drunk Driver
»Zingo Charlotte - Designated Drivers
If you’re still a bit hazy on what actually constitutes as DRUNK DRIVING, get more information by watching this video:
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