Drinking & Driving Dangers – Say No to Drunk Driving

Drunk DrivingWhen driving, there is always a risk of getting into a car accident.  Driving while impaired only increases that risk.  Not only is drinking and driving against the law, it puts many lives in danger.  The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles compiles data and reports on car accidents in Florida including those that involve drunk drivers.  The following are some of the findings from the 2014 data (as of 7/30/2015).

  • Florida had 344,170 traffic accidents, which included 16,873 accidents that were suspected to have involved alcohol.
  • There were 5,660 accidents that were confirmed to have involved alcohol.
  • It is suspected that 7,362 injury crashes and 11,210 injuries were the result of alcohol
  • 2,143 confirmed alcohol-related accidents were injury crashes and resulted in 3,387 injuries.

MADD, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, provides statistics on drunk driving on a national level and here are some of the findings.

  • A person is injured in an alcohol-related crash every two minutes.
  • Two in three people will be involved in a drunk driving accident in their lifetime.
  • In 2013, 290,000 people were injured in an alcohol-related accident.
  • In 2013, there were 10,076 fatalities as a result of drunk driving which equates to one every 52 minutes.
  • The highest rate of drunk drivers comes from the age group of 21 to 25.

Drunk driving is a serious danger not only to the driver but to passengers and others on the road as well.  It is clear by the statistics that injuries from car accidents can be lessened if people avoid drunk driving.  To help save lives and avoid potential injuries follow these tips to prevent drinking and driving.

  • Before going out choose someone to be the designated driver.
  • If you are the designated driver, do not drink any alcoholic beverages.
  • If your whole group has been drinking, find another form of transportation like a taxi.
  • If you notice a friend has been drinking and planning on driving home, take their keys and help them find alternate transportation.
  • If you’re throwing a party, offer your guests non-alcoholic options in case they are the designated driver.
  • If one of your party guests is unable to find alternate transportation, suggest they sleep over.

Taking the necessary steps to avoid impaired driving can help save your life as well as the lives of others on the road and help prevent potential injuries in the event of a car accident.    With the holiday season upon us, families and friends want to see one another safe and injury free, so say no to drunk driving.

If you have been injured in a car accident, please visit www.caraccidenthelpnow.com or contact us at help@caraccidenthelpnow.com for a free consultation.

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