According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):
- Every day, almost 30 people in theUnited States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This amounts to one death every 48 minutes.
- The annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $51 billion.
- In 2010, 10,228 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for nearly one-third (31%) of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.
- Of the 1,210 traffic deaths among children ages 0 to 14 years in 2010, 211 (17%) involved an alcohol-impaired driver.
- Of the 211 child passengers ages 14 and younger who died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes in 2010, about half (131) were riding in the vehicle with the alcohol-impaired driver.
- In 2010, over 1.4 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.
- Drugs other than alcohol (e.g., marijuana and cocaine) are involved in about 18% of motor vehicle driver deaths. These other drugs are often used in combination with alcohol.
Drunk driving happens in cities and towns across the country. It is often the result of an individual not planning ahead or finding a safe way home. Many people who drink are embarrassed to admit they have had too much and shouldn’t drive home. Most people who drive while under the influence do not think they will cause an accident or get pulled over.
In order to stop drunk driving, more action must be taken. Better prevention and education campaigns can help reach some individuals. Others think that stricter law enforcement through the use of sobriety checkpoints and more severe penalties for offenders will help. Whatever it takes, we need to make sure this problem does not continue to claim lives.
Often times drunk driving is a sign of the deeper issue of alcoholism. If you or a loved is currently struggling with alcohol, The Recovery Village is willing to help. Whether you need immediate attention or a long term solution, we have an advanced approach to alcohol addiction treatment that’s proven to work.