Drunk Driving Deaths
Driving under the influence of alcohol or any other drug is a legal offense and one may end up in jail if caught driving under the influence. The DUI law is rather strict and by obtaining a license, a driver voluntarily agrees to undergo a test if they are asked. Regardless of these measures, people are often involved in accidents as a result of alcohol intoxication. With the introduction of devices such as the Ignition Interlock Devices, DUI cases have been reduced but not entirely eradicated. There is a lot of work to do, nonetheless, to completely avoid such accidents as they not only put the drunk drivers’ life in danger, but they also pose a potential threat to pedestrians and other drivers on the road.
DUI Accidents Are Increasing
2016 is considered to be one of the worst years for DUI accidents. On a daily basis, nearly 30 people die in the US due to drunk driving mishaps. Such incidents, that include damage to property, cause financial loss to the country. On average, every American adult pays $800 for DUI accidents. Every year, more than 51 billion dollars is spent on dealing with such accidents in the country. Out of all traffic fatalities, drunk driving accounts for 30% which is an indication that more people are harmed by drunk driving that other kinds of traffic accidents.
A 65% decrease in alcohol-impaired driving fatalities has been recorded since 1982, the year when record keeping was initiated. The records of NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) show that 35,092 people died in traffic accidents in 2015 among which 10,265 were DUI accidents.
Some People Don’t Learn the First Time
Surprisingly, the NHTSA has reported a decrease by 80% in drunk driving fatalities among people under the age of 21 since 1982. Out of every 100,000 Americans under the age of 21, 1.2 were killed in a DUI accident in 2015. Data shows that the rate of fatalities among drivers under the age of 21 has decreased by 49% over the decade.
Regardless of these immense positive changes in statistics, second offenders and binge-drinking often causes major DUI cases. Hardcore drunk drivers have been responsible for 69% of drunk driving fatalities since 1982 which shows how amendments in laws do not change the attitudes of some people. Although DUI laws are rather strict, an average of 28 deaths per day is alarming.
Think of the Children
Among all the traffic deaths of children aged 0-14 years in 2014, 19% were killed by an alcohol impaired driver. Half of all the child passenger fatalities recorded were caused by alcohol intoxication in 2014. The chances of alcohol induced accidents are four times higher at night than during the day. For every 100 drunk drivers who get killed in road accidents, 50 passengers and 19 non-alcohol using pedestrians die. It is a shocking and alarming fact that each day, people drive while drunk almost 300,000 times and only 4000 people are arrested. This is an indication of the higher risk factor for drivers and pedestrians. A drunk driver is a threat to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians; such accidents end up in financial loss, property loss and more importantly, fatalities.