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Drunk Driving: Facts & Statistics

Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

Drunk driving facts and statistics are sad, intriguing, shocking, and disgusting all at the same time. This lesson goes over just a select few of the many drunk driving facts and statistics, but they're enough to make your jaw drop.

Drinking Alcohol

Are you a nephalist? Or are you a teetotaler? If you are, that's really good for so many reasons. If you are either (they're both the same thing), then you are immune to being a drunk driver.

If you haven't figured out why already, that's because a nephalist or a teetotaler is a person who abstains from alcohol. Nietzsche would be proud of you.

But some of those who drink, do so irresponsibly, and they end up hurting themselves and a lot of innocent people as a result of drunk driving. This lesson goes over some of the astounding facts and statistics behind drunk driving.

Non-Death Related Statistics

A drunk driver is a person operating a vehicle who is mentally and physiologically impaired as a result of the overconsumption of alcohol.

What do you think your chances are of being involved in a drunk driving accident in your lifetime? Do you think it's:

  • A 10% chance
  • A 33% chance
  • A 67% chance
  • A 90% chance

You might be surprised to learn that your chances of being involved in an accident involving a drunk driver (who may be you) are actually about 67%.

A national survey found that close to 29 million people in the U.S have admitted to driving while under the influence of some amount of alcohol. That's roughly 1 in 10 adults you'll see today. Every two minutes, someone is injured or killed as a result of a drunk driver in the U.S. But what's shocking is that most drunk drivers don't get caught the first time they drive. A drunk driver will drive drunk an average of 80 or more times before being arrested for the first time.

The costs of this drunk driving are staggering. It's estimated that drunk driving costs the U.S. over $130 billion each year in monetary costs and quality of life losses. Compare this to the less than $10 billion the government generates from the alcohol industry each year.

Deaths

Things get only sadder.

One day, a man got behind the wheel of his car on a regular weekend afternoon. Unfortunately, he was drunk. He lost control of his car and slammed into a car in the opposing lane. He ended up killing a woman and severely injuring her husband. That drunk driver is now facing homicide charges. While I didn't know him very well at all, the drunk driver used to be a classmate of mine and now faces being locked up for the rest of his life.

It's unfortunate that the majority of us either know of someone who got behind the wheel of a car when they shouldn't have or know the victim of a drunk driver. The woman who died was just one of almost 10,000 people who died that year as a result of a drunk driver. That means that drunk drivers end up causing almost one-third of all traffic-related fatalities every single year.

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