DRIVING WHILE IMPAIRED — ALCOHOL AND DRUGS

Posted by on Mar 23, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

FACT:   An estimated 32% of fatal car crashes involve an intoxicated driver or pedestrian. (NHTSA)

FACT:   3,952 fatally injured drivers tested positive for drug involvement. (FARS)

FACT: Over 1.2 million drivers were arrested in 2011 for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. (FBI)

FACT: Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens, and about a quarter of those crashes involve an underage drinking driver. (SAMHSA)

FACT: On average, two in three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime. (NHTSA)

Alcohol, drugs and driving simply do not go together. Driving requires a person’s attentiveness and the ability to make quick decisions on the road, to react to changes in the environment and execute specific, often difficult maneuvers behind the wheel. When drinking alcohol, using drugs, or being distracted for any reason, driving becomes dangerous – and potentially lethal!

Despite increased public awareness, drinking and drugged driving continues:

FACT: In 2012, 29.1 million people admitted to driving under the influence of alcohol – that’s more than the population of Texas.

FACT: According to the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an estimated 9.9 million people aged 12 or older (or 3.8 percent of adolescents and adults) reported driving under the influence of illicit drugs during the year prior to being surveyed.

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