We’ve all been brought up to learn that drunk driving is bad, but drunk drivers are still out there. Nobody sets out to harm another human being when they get behind the wheel drunk; information is the best preventative measure for drunk driving deaths. Here are some basic stats that will hopefully dissuade people from allowing others to get behind the wheel after drinking:
How many deaths do drunk drivers cause?
Drunk drivers are responsible for 10% of the total traffic deaths in the US. Men are reported to have a much higher rate of drunk driving than women are. Teens account for 17% of all drunk driving crashes, whereas the 55-64 age group only accounts for 12%. Accidents are about five times more likely to occur at night than during the day.
How does the # of drunk driving deaths now compare to the past?
In the 1980s, there were 26,000 reported drunk driving deaths a year. Now, the number has been halved to 13,000.
Why does drunk driving cause more wrecks?
Alcohol impairs one’s vision and reaction time. Recent studies even show that depth perception is affected. Alcohol absorption is gradual; this means that if someone feels fine when they get behind the wheel, by the time they’re on the road they could be even more impaired.
These are just a few of the reasons to avoid driving intoxicated. Here at European Plus Auto Repair, we want to remind you to drive safely. For any auto-related information, give us a call at (609) 737-7226.