I have been driving for a while now, and I have known at leat two people that I have known for a long time that have died because of drunk driving. This is a very serious crime and should not be taken lightly at all. We all know the effects it can take on your brain and how violent a crime it is when a loved one is murderd by a drunk driver.
There are many deaths worldwide because of drunk driving, but in the U.S. alone it is at an astronomical high. Check out these statistics:
Drunk driving is the nation's most frequently committed violent crime. (MADD, 1996)
Drunk driving deaths have reached a plateau. Preliminary alcohol-related traffic fatality statistics show that 16,652 people died on the roadways in 2001. (NHTSA, 2002)
An estimated 513,000 people are injured in alcohol-related crashes each year, an average of 59 people per hour or approximately one person every minute. (NHTSA, 2002)
An estimated three of every ten Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related traffic crash at some time in their lives. (NHTSA, 2000)
Americans rank drunk driving as their No. 1 highway safety concern. (Allstate-MADD survey, 1997)
Preliminary research for 2000 shows that alcohol-related crashes cost the public an estimated $114.7 billion annually -- this includes an estimated $63.9 billion lost in quality of life due to these crashes. (Ted Miller, 2002)
The societal costs of alcohol-related crashes average 80 cents per drink consumed. (Ted Miller, 1999)
Approximately 1.5 million drivers were arrested in 1999 for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. This is an arrest rate of one for every 121 licensed drivers in the United States. (NHTSA, 2000
We must realize the truth about alcohol and why we should at least assign a designated driver when at a open bar party, to not let your children or friends drive with someone that has been drinking, and wear your seat belt at all times.
It is very tragic that millions of people die from this catastrophic murderer. NOt only does it affect the driver, it affects the victims and the victims families. My deepest symathy goes out to those who have lost a loved one because of drinking while driving.