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  • Facts about Drunk Driving

    The top killer of youth is drunk driving. Where's the outrage?

    Facts about drunk driving and the devastating aftermath of such reckless behaviors are well documented. Even the Centers for Disease Control consider impaired driving to be a big problem. As reported on the CDC's own website in 2007, "over 1.4 million drivers were arrested for driving" while impaired.

    More Facts about Drunk Driving

    • In 2006, 153 child passengers killed in alcohol-related crashes were riding in a vehicle driven by someone with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher.
    • Male drivers are twice as likely as females to have a BAC (blood alcohol concentration) of 0.08% or higher when involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident.
    • The risk of being involved in a motor vehicle accident is greater for young drivers than it is for older driver.
    • In 2006, 19% of young drivers, ages 16 to 20, killed in motor vehicle accidents had been drinking alcohol.
    • The age group of men that reported driving while drunk was the 18 to 20 year old range, under the legal drinking age.
    • For motorcyclists, half of the alcohol-impaired motorcyclists who are killed each year in motorcycle accidents are over 40 years old, with those in ages 40-44 having the highest percentage of deaths with BACs of 0.08% or greater.
    • Drivers with prior driving-while-impaired (DWI) convictions were eight times more likely to be involved in a deadly motor vehicle accident than drivers who had not been drinking prior to the accident.
    • Alarmingly, by the time a drunk driver is arrested for the first time he or she has driven drunk an average of about 87 times already!

    Despite these and other facts about drunk driving, despite the ongoing media blitz about the dangers of driving while intoxicated, despite the reports of the dangers of driving under the influence, people are still being injured or killed every day as a result of drunk driving.

    The next time you take a drink give your keys to someone who is not drinking. If that is just beyond you, then please don't drink. A simple decision to drink and drive could totally ruin your life.if not cost you your life entirely. That makes that drink pretty expensive.

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