More than 10,000 lives are lost each year because drunk driving accidents are on the rise and people need to recognize prevention strategies better.
Drunk driving accidents make up around one-third of traffic fatalities each year and cause great stress and grief for everyone involved.
It’s hard to know how many of those driving under the influence were from alcohol use or drug use. As many as 44% of drivers who died during the accident test positive for drugs.
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I’m committed to helping people to reduce stress from challenging times. Plus better yet – help people to proactively prevent challenging times from happening in the first place. With this in mind, I put together this article on how drunk driving accidents are on the rise – and included some helpful prevention suggestions to be a safe driver.
When a driver is suspected of driving under the influence, he or she is usually asked to take a blood-alcohol test. If his or her blood alcohol concentration measures .08 or higher, then the driver is considered legally impaired and can be issued a DUI (Driving Under the Influence).
The driver can also be issued a DUI if they are proven to be driving under the influence of either prescription medications or illegal drugs. Driving impaired can cause a driver to have a slower reaction time, or to make poor judgments. This is why there are laws against driving impaired in all fifty states as well as D.C.
Younger drivers are the most likely to get a DUI with drivers between the age of 21-24 making up 27% of all DUI’s. Followed closely behind with the age group of 25-35-year-olds at 25% of DUI cases. That is followed up with motorcyclists and drivers with previous records of driving while impaired. Though any driver who chooses to get behind the wheel of a car while their judgment is impaired can cause an accident and get hurt in a crash.
The total number of fatalities related to impaired drivers has risen around five percent from 2019 to 2020, even though overall the total mileage was down. Part of this can be contributed to the rise of drug and marijuana use in recent years. Even in the states that have legalized the usage of marijuana, it is still considered impaired driving and can lead to a DUI. Receiving a DUI will affect the drivers when filing a claim with their insurance and may cause the driver’s rates to rise.
To help prevent car accident injuries, every driver should avoid getting behind the wheel of the car drunk. Parents should also talk to their teens when they begin driving about staying sober. Topics they could cover would include:
These are not only things that teens can do to stay safe, but good tips for any driver to follow. A DUI is not only expensive and can have the driver paying out large costs in fines but can also cause property damage and medical costs. A DUI will also stay on the driver’s record for a very long time, if not permanently. Plus you might be asked to take an online learning driver’s test to support your knowledge and skills at driving.
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