An act of drunk driving can be described as driving a vehicle (including wheelchairs) under the influence of alcohol. Drunk driving is the cause of 39 percent of casualties in USA. In Canada, deaths resulting from accidents related to drunk driving are around 30 percent.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), whose new analysis of alcohol-related deaths among people 15 to 20 years old estimates that 68 percent of fatalities connected to underage drinking are not related to traffic accidents. The group analyzed 2010 data from the FBI, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and percent of these deaths were traffic fatalities. Of these, 30 percent were homicides, 14 percent suicides, 9 percent alcohol poisonings and 15 percent other causes.
MADD and Nationwide Insurance commissioned this analysis for their third annual PowerTalk21 day this past April.
It has been observed that “hardcore drunk drivers” fail to get over their habit of drinking even after facing several arrests. On an average, the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) in hardcore drunk drivers was found to be 0.15. The BAC of 68 percent of drivers arrested in 2008 was 0.15. Around 3 percent of those involved in fatal accidents in 2008 were convicted for “driving while intoxicated” (DWI).
A study conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) revealed that 1 out of every 50 deaths in the world is caused by road accidents. Road accidents account for most number of deaths followed by childhood infections and AIDS. Every year, traffic crashes lead to death of 1.2 million drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Organizations like MADD are trying to create awareness among people about the menace of drunk driving.
The efforts put forth by the World Health Organization have helped save over 300,000 lives – and it is these spirited efforts of such organizations have helped in drastically reducing the number of deaths. However, it is people who drink and drive, if they voluntarily get rid of this habit, can make the real difference. These drunken driving statistics provide us with insight into the severity of this problem. It’s now up to us to follow the rules of the road to help save others’ lives.
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