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On: Fri, Mar 7, 2014 at 2:24PM | By: Karen Cook


In my wanders around the internet looking for interesting topics for you to read, I have gathered some information that you should probably know about. Drunk driving is a big problem and it’s bad. Don’t do it. Ever. If you aren’t convinced, here is some food for thought.

Drunk drivers cause 1 out of every 3 traffic fatalities in the United States with a little less than 15,000 people dying due to a drunk driver each year. This means a person dies every 40 minutes because someone was driving drunk.

30% of Americans have been, or will be, involved in an alcohol-related collision. 35% of those who drive drunk are between the ages of 21 and 24.

Fewer than 1% of drivers who are intoxicated are caught by police and the 1sttime offender has, on average, driven drunk 80 times before being caught.

Most fatal crashes involving alcohol occur between midnight and 3 a.m.

Men are twice as likely to drive under the influence as women. It takes four drinks in an hour on an empty stomach for a 170-pound man to be legally drunk. For a 140-pound woman it takes just three drinks under the same circumstances. After your last drink, it takes your body six hours to purge itself of alcohol.

The term DWI means Driving While Intoxicated and covers only alcohol. The term DUI means Driving Under the Influence and covers alcohol and drugs.

Of the drivers who have their licenses suspended due to drunk driving, 50-75% will continue to drive. 75% of drunk drivers do not wear a seat belt.

Frighteningly, talking on a cell phone and texting are just as dangerous as driving drunk. Your ability to react to unexpected changes in traffic and to pay attention to traffic signs and signals are just as impaired. At any given daylight moment, around 8% of drivers are using a cellular device.


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